An Unpatched Flaw Existing in Linux Pling Store Apps Might Lead to Supply-Chain Attacks
The Critical Vulnerability Seems to be Affecting Pling-Based Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) Marketplaces for the Linux Platform.
Last updated on June 24, 2021
The newly discovered unpatched vulnerability in Linux Pling is affecting Pling-based free and open-source software (FOSS) marketplaces for the Linux platform and has the potential to be abused in order to stage supply-chain attacks and achieve remote code execution (RCE).
Linux marketplaces that are based on the Pling platform are vulnerable to a wormable [cross-site scripting] with the potential for a supply-chain attack. The native PlingStore application is affected by an RCE vulnerability, which can be triggered from any website while the app is running.
Some of the Pling-based app stores impacted by the flaw are appimagehub.com, store.kde.org, gnome-look.org, xfce-look.org, and pling.com.
What Is PlingStore?
PlingStore is an Installer and Content Management App for OCS-compatible websites like pling.com, gnome-look.org, appimagehub.com, that allows users to download, install and apply desktop themes, icon themes, wallpapers, or mouse cursors directly under various desktop environments using the “Install”-button.
As the application can install other applications, it has another built-in mechanism to execute code on the [operating system] level. As it turns out, that mechanism can be exploited by any website to run arbitrary native code while the PlingStore app is open in the background.
Unfortunately, this is not the only situation in which an unpatched vulnerability in Linux Pling can become dangerous as a similar XSS flaw was uncovered in the GNOME Shell Extensions marketplace.
[The flaws] demonstrate the additional risk associated with such marketplaces. In this environment, even relatively small vulnerabilities (e.g. a missing origin check) can lead to severe consequences (drive-by RCE from any browser with the vulnerable application running in the background). Developers of such applications must put in a high level of scrutiny to ensure their security.
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