Type packetstorm
Reporter Brendan M. Hickey
Modified 2008-01-30T00:00:00


Application: Banner -- Student Services  
Version: 7.3  
Bug: Cross-site Request Forgery, cross site scripting  
Exploitation: Remote, versus authenticated users  
Discovery Date: August 21, 2007  
Notification Date: August 22, 2007  
Disclosure Date: January 29, 2008  
Author: Brendan M. Hickey  
"Banner is the world's most widely used collegiate administrative suite of  
student, financial aid, finance, human resources, and advancement systems."  
"Banner Student fuses administrative and academic functions that make it  
easy to manage data while giving prospects, learners (both traditional and  
non-traditional), and faculty secure, 24x7, online access to the  
information they need. Prospects can apply for admissions. Learners can  
search and register for classes by term or date, and retrieve financial  
aid data. Faculty can easily manage course information, rosters, and  
grading, and advise students."  
-- Banner Student product information  
University students interact with 'Banner Student Services' through a web  
interface. Tasks are performed by making POST requests to fixed URLs.  
A cross-site script attack facilitated by cross-site request forgery was  
discovered in the "Emergency Contacts" section of the service.  
A student may update her emergency contacts through a web form. Each form  
field is checked for length, the longest accepting 30 characters, but not  
An attacker can inject arbitrary javascript code into an user's session by  
luring authenticated Banner users to a website that makes a POST request  
to the update contacts script.  
The script necessary to update the emergency contacts is located at:  
Setting the address field (add1) to  
<script src=>  
is necessary to include malicious javascript. Other form variables must be  
set, this can be seen in the example code.  
The vulnerability was disclosed to Sungard on August 22, 2007.  
This vulnerability can be remedied by requiring a magic number to  
accompany POST requests.