[SECURITY] [DSA 2366-1] mediawiki security update

Type debian
Reporter Debian
Modified 2011-12-19T17:31:03


Debian Security Advisory DSA-2366-1 security@debian.org http://www.debian.org/security/ Jonathan Wiltshire December 18, 2011 http://www.debian.org/security/faq

Package : mediawiki Vulnerability : multiple Problem type : remote Debian-specific: no CVE ID : CVE-2011-1578 CVE-2011-1579 CVE-2011-1580 CVE-2011-1587 CVE-2011-4360 CVE-2011-4361 Debian Bug : 650434

Several problems have been discovered in mediawiki, a website engine for collaborative work.

CVE-2011-1578 CVE-2011-1587

Masato Kinugawa discovered a cross-site scripting (XSS) issue, which affects Internet Explorer clients only, and only version 6 and earlier. Web server configuration changes are required to fix this issue. Upgrading MediaWiki will only be sufficient for people who use Apache with AllowOverride enabled.

For details of the required configuration changes, see the upstream announcements: http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/mediawiki-announce/2011-April/000096.html http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/mediawiki-announce/2011-April/000097.html


Wikipedia user Suffusion of Yellow discovered a CSS validation error in the wikitext parser. This is an XSS issue for Internet Explorer clients, and a privacy loss issue for other clients since it allows the embedding of arbitrary remote images.


MediaWiki developer Happy-Melon discovered that the transwiki import feature neglected to perform access control checks on form submission. The transwiki import feature is disabled by default. If it is enabled, it allows wiki pages to be copied from a remote wiki listed in $wgImportSources. The issue means that any user can trigger such an import to occur.


Alexandre Emsenhuber discovered an issue where page titles on private wikis could be exposed bypassing different page ids to index.php. In the case of the user not having correct permissions, they will now be redirected to Special:BadTitle.


Tim Starling discovered that action=ajax requests were dispatched to the relevant function without any read permission checks being done. This could have led to data leakage on private wikis.

For the oldstable distribution (lenny), these problems have been fixed in version 1:1.12.0-2lenny9.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), these problems have been fixed in version 1:1.15.5-2squeeze2.

For the unstable distribution (sid), these problems have been fixed in version 1:1.15.5-5.

We recommend that you upgrade your mediawiki packages.

Further information about Debian Security Advisories, how to apply these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be found at: http://www.debian.org/security/

Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org