usd-2020-0052 | Gophish v0.10.1

Advisory ID: usd-2020-0052
CVE Number: CVE-2020-24707
Affected Product: Gophish
Affected Version: v0.10.1
Vulnerability Type: CSV Injection
Security Risk: Medium
Vendor URL:
Vendor Status: Fixed


Gophish allows the creation of CSV sheets which contain malicious content.

Proof of Concept (PoC)

The following screenshots show how a spreadsheet formula that is injected as the first name of a mail recipient executes when opened in a spreadsheet software such as Libreoffice Calc.

Inject Spreadsheet formular (=1+1) at /groups

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Launch a campaign at /campaigns

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Export campaign results as CSV and open the file using LibreOffice Calc

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Most spreadsheet software supports the functionality of formulas as for example OpenOffice Calc or Microsoft Office Excel. Here, any cell starting with an equal- (=), a plus- (+) or a minus-sign (-) will be interpreted as a formula and may contain malicious code as shown in the example above. Additionally, older software versions interpret cells starting with an at-sign (@) as formulas as well.

For OpenOffice, this vulnerability is classified as CVE-2014-3524 which emphasizes the risk of unfiltered spreadsheets. Due to this vulnerability, an attacker can take over the control of a victim’s system or gain unauthorized access to private resources.


It is recommended to restrict the set of allowed characters as much as possible for all user input. This can, for example, be realized with a whitelist.
Additionally, every cell that starts with an equal- (=), a plus- (+), a minus- (-) or an at-sign (@), or contains a comma (,) or a semicolon (;) should be embedded in double quotes („) when generating spreadsheets, such as csv, xls or xlsx files, automatically. Furthermore, every double quote occurring within the content of a cell should be preceded by another double quote to avoid an early termination of the quoted string. In order to achieve this, a suitable library can be used.



This security vulnerability was found by Marcus Nilsson of usd AG.