Open Redirect in OpenCart

Advisory ID Internal

1. Advisory Information

Title: Open Redirect in OpenCart
Advisory ID: CORE-2020-0006
Advisory URL:
Date published: 2020-05-04
Date of last update: 2020-05-04
Vendors contacted: OpenCart
Release mode: Forced release

2. Vulnerability Information

Class: URL Redirection to Untrusted Site (Open Redirect) [CWE-601]
Impact: Phishing attacks
Remotely Exploitable: Yes 
Locally Exploitable: No
CVE Name: CVE-2020-10366

3. Vulnerability Description

OpenCart [1] is an open source PHP-based online store management system. It can be used to create an online shopping framework, providing the ability to create both a front-end store for customers, as well as a full e-commerce platform for owners with administrative, inventory, and reporting capabilities. There are hundreds of community-built add-ons for additional functionality.

An open redirect was discovered in the web application which accepts a website redirection to an external site without checking the user input.

4. Vulnerable Packages

  • Version

Other versions might be affected, but they were not tested.

5. Vendor Information, Solutions, and Workarounds

No patches or new versions have been released to fix the reported issue.

6. Credits

This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Matias Mevied from Core Security Consulting Services Team.

The publication of this advisory was coordinated by Pablo Zurro from the CoreLabs Advisories Team.

7. Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code

[CVE-2020-10366] An attacker could use a specially crafted link to a page of OpenCart to redirect a user to an arbitrary web page of the attacker’s choice. This allows the attacker to mask a phishing attack with a trusted-looking link since the page appears to be under the domain where OpenCart is installed.

The following proof of concept shows how the redirection is performed:

POST /index.php?route=common/currency/currency HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate Accept: */* Accept-Language: en-US,en-GB;q=0.9,en;q=0.8 User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/69.0.3497.100 Safari/537.36 Connection: close Cache-Control: max-age=0 Referer: http://localhost/index.php?route=product%2fproduct&manufacturer_id=8&product_id=45 Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=----WebKitFormBoundaryYV0s5w4r Content-Length: 233 Cookie: OCSESSID=10b302c7525052481e13d6fa5c; language=en-gb; currency=USD ------WebKitFormBoundaryYV0s5w4r Content-Disposition: form-data; name="code" ------WebKitFormBoundaryYV0s5wcon Content-Disposition: form-data; name="redirect" ------WebKitFormBoundaryYV0s5w4r— HTTP/1.1 302 Found Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:44:25 GMT Server: Apache/2.4.41 (Unix) OpenSSL/1.1.1d PHP/7.4.1 mod_perl/2.0.8-dev Perl/v5.16.3 X-Powered-By: PHP/7.4.1 Set-Cookie: OCSESSID=10b302c7525052481e13d6fa5c; path=/ Location: Content-Length: 0 Connection: close Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 

In the above example, the HTTP 302 response redirects the user to

8. Report Timeline

2020-01-10 - Vulnerability discovered by CoreLabs.

2020-03-27 - Email sent to OpenCart to ask about the correct contact for reporting advisory.

2020-03-27 - Ticket #254509 opened at OpenCart.

2020-04-07 - Ticket closed on their side. They are not interested in pursuing this issue.

2020-04-07 - CVE requested from Mitre and provided. We pivot to forced release. CVE-2020-10366 will be used.

2020-04-30 - OpenCart is informed about the publication of the forced release.

2020-05-04 - Advisory published.

9. References


10. About CoreLabs

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12. Disclaimer

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