FirstBlood-#185Reflected XSS on using the hidden "goto" parameter leads to Admin Account Takeover
This issue was discovered on FirstBlood v1

On 2021-05-11, holybugx Level 5 reported:


Hello Sean,

There is a reflected XSS on the /login.php endpoint using the hidden goto parameter, which leads to drAdmin (Administrator) account takeover.

Steps to reproduce

  1. I found the goto parameter using Param miner that is used for discovering hidden parameters, after finding out the parameter I found that the user input will be set on the HTML source code.

  2. There are 2 scenarios in place that an attacker can compromise and takeover an admin account:

  • To exploit a logged-in admin
  • To exploit a not logged-in admin

Depending on the scenario an attacker can build his payload to steal the admin's cookie and to take over his account.

First scenario (logged-in admin):

I found out that most of the tags and event handlers are blocked in case you wanna exploit a logged-in admin, so I used the following payload to be working on all browsers:`${document.cookie}`%22%3E

Where is the attacker's domain, opening the above link will redirect the logged-in admin to the attacker's server and his cookies will be sent over to the attacker's server in the URL:

Second scenario (not logged-in admin):

No special bypassing were needed simply using "window.location.href" can send the cookies over on the URL to the attacker's controlled server after the admin fills in his credentials, this happens because of the missing httponly cookie attribute.`${document.cookie}` 

If the admin is not logged in and clicks the link above, he will face the /login.php endpoint. If he now fills in his credentials and clicks "Secure Login", first the server generates an admin drps cookie for him then he will be redirected to the attacker's server and his cookie will be sent over to the attacker's server on URL:

Clicking "Secure Login" results in the following redirect to the attacker's server:

In both cases, An attacker can set this cookie on his browser to access drAdmin (Administrator).

This happens because of two cookies misconfiguration:

  1. Cookies are not set as httponly which makes it possible for an attacker to steal cookies using javascript.

  2. Cookies are not deleted/expired as they meant to be after logging out, which makes it possible for an attacker to re-use the cookies whenever he wants to.

Set-Cookie: drps=deleted; expires=Thu, 01-Jan-1970 00:00:01 GMT; Max-Age=0; path=/


  1. The goto parameter should not be controlled by users.
  2. Preferably set httponly cookies so that javascript can not be used to steal cookies.


  • Admin Account Takeover

Best Regards,


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This report contains multiple vulnerabilities:

  • Reflective XSS
  • Reflective XSS

FirstBlood ID: 2
Vulnerability Type: Reflective XSS

The parameter "goto" is vulnerable to XSS on login.php. The web application makes use of a WAF but this can be bypassed as it's only looking for certain HTML tags and event handlers. It is also vulnerable to open redirect but XSS is the intended bug.

FirstBlood ID: 14
Vulnerability Type: Reflective XSS

The parameter "goto" is vulnerable to XSS on login.php. The web application fails to filter the javascript URI upon redirecting

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Great finding, even though this is a dupe, i'm awarding a bounty at my discretion