Security researchers from High-Tech Bridge have identified an SQL Injection vulnerability in the Orbit Open Ad Server, a popular open-source ads server, that could have been leveraged to compromise websites running vulnerable installations.
The issue was discovered in mid-March. OrbitScripts LLC fixed the vulnerability shortly after being notified. The security hole has been addressed with the release of Open Ad Server 1.1.1.
Version 1.1.0 and probably prior variants are impacted, which is why users are advised to update their installations as soon as possible.
According to the advisory published by High-Tech Bridge on Wednesday, the flaw (CVE-2014-2540) can be exploited to launch SQL Injection attacks, alter SQL requests to the databases, and possibly even to gain control of impacted sites.
The security company’s CEO Ilia Kolochenko has told SecurityWeek that the vulnerability is “.” While it might be a bit tricky to exploit, due to the fact that it’s a blind SQL Injection, the vulnerability can be leveraged by experienced hackers.
While OrbitScripts has fixed the , there could be a lot of third-party services that use vulnerable versions of the application to manage ads. Cybercriminals can leverage these websites for malvertising attacks.
While there’s no evidence that the flaw has been exploited in the wild, it could have been.