How to Detect Vulnerability CVE-2020-24601?

Cyber Security Works has discovered a new zero-day vulnerability, CVE-2020-24601 in Ignite Realtime Openfire 4.5.1. Openfire (formerly Wildfire) is a cross-platform real-time collaboration server based on the XMPP protocol. The vulnerability was discovered by CSW Security Researcher on Feb 5 2020.

Vulnerability Detection

CVE-2020-24601 was detected manually using a Burp Suite tool. A stored cross-site scripting attack allows an attacker to execute an arbitrary malicious URL via the vulnerable POST parameter searchName”, “alias” in the import certificate trusted page.


The vulnerability was disclosed to Openfire on Feb 5, 2020. The vendor responded and released a patch on March 6, 2020, to mitigate this vulnerability.


Date Description
February 4, 2020 Vulnerability discovered by CSW Security Researcher
February 5, 2020 Vulnerability Reported to Vendor
February 6, 2020 Vendor responded with bug tracker Links
February 13, 2020 Follow up with vendor for fix release
March 1, 2020 Follow up with Vendor for Fix Release
March 6, 2020 Vendor responded with a released fix
August 20, 2020 Request for CVE
August 24, 2020 CVE Assigned
September 1, 2020 CVE Published in NVD

Vulnerability Analysis

CVE-2020-24601 is a Stored cross-site scripting vulnerability in Openfire Product (Openfire version 4.5.1). Whenever an authenticated user visits the trust store page, the script will be executed as part of the current user’s browser context.

Proof of Concept

Product: Openfire

Vendor: Ignite Realtime

Product version: Version 4.5.1

Privilege: admin

Vulnerable URL: POST request “alias” is a vulnerable parameter in the URL


Steps to Reproduce: 

Issue: Stored Cross-Site Scripting

Step 1: Log in to the application (admin) through this URL in Firefox.

Step 2: Navigate to this URL to visit the ‘Import CA Certificate’ page.

Step 3: Add the payload “><script>alert(‘VULXSS’) </script> in ‘Alias’, enter a valid Content of Certificate file and click on Save

Step 4: Every time the user visit’s this URL, Malicious JavaScript is executed on the victim’s browser

Figure 1: Import CA Certificate page with malicious Payload “><script>alert(‘VULXSS’)</script> in alias parameter

Figure 2: Malicious JavaScript Payload is executed on the victim’s browser every time this page is visited


We recommend the following fixes to this vulnerability

  • Perform context-sensitive encoding of untrusted input before it is echoed back to a browser by using an encoding library

  • Implement input validation for special characters on all the variables reflecting the browser and storing it in the database

  • Implement client-side validation


If this vulnerability is exploited successfully, it may result in the stealing of cookies, disclosure of end-user files, and redirection of the user to another page or site.


Based on the CSW team’s recommendations, Ignite Realtime Openfire executed a validation on their end and released a fix to mitigate this vulnerability.

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