Opencart has been the most sought-after platform as a store management system for e-commerce merchants. Owing to its simplified design, interactive UI and ease of use, Opencart is largely favored for retail activities online. However, in light of its popularity, Opencart has notoriously garnered a reputation for being an eye candy for hackers and other attackers with malicious intent. As a result, these Opencart Vulnerabilities are frequently subjected to exploitation by attackers with the intent to commit financial and identity theft.

Opencart Security has been a hot topic of discussion with a large community of professionals dedicated to secure the platform against attackers. Unreliable coding practices often stem up unprecedented vulnerabilities, which on further exploitation can go undetected for a long time. Opencart has been regularly monitoring vulnerabilities in its system and educates users on how to mitigate them.

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Look out for the following Opencart vulnerabilities which could be exposing your Opencart store to online attackers:

OpenCart 1.5.6.1 – ‘Openbay’ Multiple SQL Injections

SQL injections are one of the most commonly occurring flaws in CMSs and Store management systems. SQL injection is the placement of malicious code in SQL statements, via web page input.

Opencart suffers from multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in ebay.php. The bug may lead to privilege escalation as the attacker may need openbay module access. This is primarily due to poorly coded file full of SQLi opencart/system/library/ebay.php. In file opencart/system/library/ebay.php, product_id is used in a SQL query without being sanitized.

OpenCart Vulnerability: OpenCart 1.5.1.2 – Blind SQL Injection

Blind SQL (Structured Query Language) injection is a widely used SQL Injection attack. This attack asks the database true or false questions and determines the answer based on the application’s response. It is identical to normal SQL Injection, the only difference being the way data is retrieved from the database. When the database does not output data to the web page, an attacker is forced to steal data by asking the database a series of true or false questions.

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OpenCart Vulnerability: OpenCart 2.1.0.2 < 2.2.0.0 Remote Code Execution

Opencart is also vulnerable to a PHP remote code execution vulnerability. The vulnerability arises in the json decode function in Opencart versions 2.1.0.2 to 2.2.0.0.

Code execution happens when an admin visits the administration panel and adds a custom field for custom user information like an extra phone number. In this case, an attacker can directly execute an injected code. This form of execution only works if PHP JSON extension is not installed.

OpenCart Vulnerability: OpenCart 1.3.2 ‘page’ SQL Injection

Opencart is prone to a ‘page’ parameter SQL Injection vulnerability. This flaw arises when the store management system fails to sufficiently sanitize user-supplied data before using it in an SQL query. The affected version is Opencart 1.3.2, but others may also be affected.

Exploiting this vulnerability, the attacker can compromise the application, access or modify data or exploit opencart vulnerabilities in the underlying database.

OpenCart Vulnerability: OpenCart – Cross-Site Request Forgery (Change User Password)

Opencart, the open source shopping cart system, is vulnerable to Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF). Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is one of the most rampantly occurring online attacks. In this, a malicious website sends a request to a web application via another formerly authenticated website. The attacker misuses this to dodge authentication procedures by impersonating the victim using his/her credentials and perform malicious activities or financial transactions.

CSRF in Opencart is a high-risk vulnerability as a simple malicious JavaScript code can have drastic consequences like credit card hijacking, user information theft etc. The CSRF vulnerability in Opencart is present in all locations inside the User Panel. Currently, Opencart is not using any security token to mitigate against CSRF.

OpenCart Vulnerability: Journal2 OpenCart Theme SQL Injection Vulnerability:

It was recently observed that the Journal2 OpenCart is prone to a ‘manafacture_id’ parameter SQL Injection vulnerability. This flaw arises when the store management system fails to sufficiently sanitize user-supplied data before using it in an SQL query.

The affected URL is: https://www.domain.com/4/index.php?route=product/manufacturer/info&manufacturer_id=7 Inject SQL Payload Here.

Exploiting this vulnerability, the attacker can compromise the application, access or modify data or exploit vulnerabilities in the underlying database.

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Above mentioned are some of the commonly occurring Opencart vulnerabilities. Due to its outrageously wide usage, Opencart is always on the radar of hackers, who constantly look for ways to circumvent security measures and steal financial and identity information. Hence it is paramount for admins to follow appropriate security measures, periodically install updates, and look out for signs of prevalent flaws like the ones mentioned in this blog.

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Bhagyeshwari Chauhan

An engineering grad and a technical writer, Bhagyeshwari blogs about web security, futuristic tech and space science.

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