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Detects 'Cross-Site Scripting' vulnerability in Phpmyfaq affects v. 3.1.11


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Phpmyfaq is a popular open-source FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) software that allows website owners to provide answers to common questions in an organized manner. It is widely used by businesses, educational institutions, and support centers to manage and publish FAQ content efficiently. The software features a robust search engine, content management system, and support for multiple languages, making it a versatile tool for global audiences. Its user-friendly interface and extensive customization options enable administrators to tailor the FAQ section to their specific needs, improving the user experience for visitors seeking information.

The reflected Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in Phpmyfaq version 3.1.11 arises due to insufficient sanitization of the 'artlang' parameter in the send2friend functionality. This flaw allows attackers to inject arbitrary JavaScript code into the web pages viewed by other users. Such a vulnerability can be exploited to execute scripts in the context of an unsuspecting user's browser, leading to potential theft of cookies, session tokens, or sensitive information.

Specifically, the XSS vulnerability is triggered when an attacker crafts a malicious URL containing JavaScript payload that targets the 'artlang' parameter. This URL, when visited by a user, executes the injected script within the context of the user's browser, effectively reflecting the script back to the user. The vulnerability is a direct result of the application's failure to properly sanitize user-supplied input, allowing attackers to leverage this oversight to carry out cross-site scripting attacks. The affected endpoint is part of the send2friend feature, which is intended for sharing articles but instead becomes a vector for XSS.

Exploitation of this XSS vulnerability can lead to various security issues, including but not limited to, session hijacking, where attackers gain control over a user's session; phishing attacks, by displaying fake authentication prompts to steal credentials; and redirection to malicious websites. The impact of such attacks can range from minor annoyance to significant breaches of privacy and security, depending on the attacker's intent and the sensitivity of the data involved.

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