Reflected XSS in Header Footer Code Manager

Header Footer Code Manager is a WordPress plugin designed to allow administrators to add code snippets to the header or footer of a website. One of the admin panel pages added by the plugin allows administrators to view a list of code snippets that had been added to the site, which included links to edit or delete these existing code snippets. The plugin’s column_name function used the $_REQUEST[‘page’] parameter to construct this link.

WordPress uses the value of the $_GET[‘page’] parameter in order to determine which page the user is currently visiting, and will block unauthorized users if they’re not allowed to access the current page set in $_GET[‘page’]. This means that $_REQUEST[‘page’] might be expected to just contain the admin page used to display the list of code snippets, hfcm-list. However, due to a quirk of how PHP handles superglobal variables, $_REQUEST parameters can be overloaded.

The upshot is that this can be used to execute JavaScript in the browser of a logged-in administrator, for instance, by tricking them into visiting a self-submitting form that sends a POST request to e.g. hxxps://, with the $_POST[‘page’] parameter set to malicious JavaScript.

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