Security expert discovered a stored XSS flaw in the Evernote app for Windows that could be exploited to steal files and execute arbitrary commands.
A security expert that goes online with the moniker @sebao has discovered a stored cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Evernote application for Windows that could be exploited by an attacker to steal files and execute arbitrary commands.
In September, Evernote addressed the stored XSS flaw with the release of the version 6.16., but the fix was incomplete.
The expert TongQing Zhu from Knownsec 404 Team discovered that it was still possible to execute arbitrary with a variant of the above trick.
TongQing Zhu discovered that the code used instead of the name could load a Node.js file from a remote server, the script is executed via NodeWebKit that is used by Evernote in presentation mode.
“I find Evernote has a NodeWebKit in C:\\Program Files(x86)\Evernote\Evernote\NodeWebKit and Present mode will use it. Another good news is we can execute Nodejs code by stored XSS under Present mode.” explained TongQing Zhu.
The attacker only needs to trick an Evernote into opening a note in presentation mode, in this way he will be able to steal arbitrary files and execute commands.
TongQing Zhu showed how a hacker could exploit the vulnerability to read a Windows file and execute the Calculator application on the targeted system.
The flaw was tracked as CVE-2018-18524 and was initially addressed with the release of Evernote for Windows 6.16.1 beta in October. The final patch was released earlier this month with the release of Evernote 6.16.4.
TongQing Zhu has published two PoC videos for the exploitation of the flaw:
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