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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Bugzilla Vendors:
Bugzilla Input Validation Flaw in Atom Feeds Permits Cross-Site Scripting Attacks and Access Control Bug May Disclose Database Password
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017585
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-0791, CVE-2007-0792   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 19 2008
Original Entry Date:  Feb 5 2007
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2.20.3, 2.22.1, 2.23.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Bugzilla. A remote user can conduct cross-site scripting attacks. A remote user can view the database password.

Bugzilla does not properly filter HTML code from user-supplied input before displaying the input when generating Atom feeds. A remote user can cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the target user's browser. The code will originate from the site running the Bugzilla software and will run in the security context of that site. As a result, the code will be able to access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site, access data recently submitted by the target user via web form to the site, or take actions on the site acting as the target user.

Version 2.20.1 and above are affected.

The mod_perl initialization script included with Bugzilla overrides web server file access permissions. As a result, a remote user may be able to view the 'localconfig' file that contains the database username and password.

Only version 2.23.3 is affected. Only systems running Bugzilla under mod_perl are affected.

Versions 2.18.x are not affected by either of these vulnerabilities.

Impact:   A remote user can access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site running the Bugzilla software, access data recently submitted by the target user via web form to the site, or take actions on the site acting as the target user.

A remote user can view the database password.

Solution:   The vendor has issued fixed versions (2.20.4, 2.22.2, and 2.23.4), available at:

The Bugzilla advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Sat, 03 Feb 2007 01:54:16 +0000
Subject:  Security Advisory for Bugzilla 2.20.3, 2.22.1, and 2.23.3

Hash: SHA1


Bugzilla is a Web-based bug-tracking system, used by a large number of
software projects.

This advisory covers two security issues that have recently been
fixed in the Bugzilla code:

+ A possible cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Atom feeds
  produced by Bugzilla.

+ Web server settings given by Bugzilla which provide security settings
  to protect data files from access via the web are overridden by the
  mod_perl startup script when running under mod_perl (development
  snapshot only).

We strongly advise that 2.20.x users should upgrade to 2.20.4. 2.22
users, and users of 2.16.x or below, should upgrade to 2.22.2. Versions
2.18.x are not affected by either of these vulnerabilities.

Development snapshots of 2.23 before 2.23.4 are also vulnerable to all
of these issues. If you are using a development snapshot, you should
upgrade to 2.23.4, use CVS to update, or apply the patches from the
specific bugs listed below.

Vulnerability Details

Issue 1
- -------
Class:       Cross-Site Scripting
Versions:    2.20.1 and above
Description: Bugzilla does not properly escape some fields in generated
             Atom feeds, which leads to the potential for cross-site
             scripting in feed readers that support javascript and
             properly implement the Atom feed specification.

Issue 2
- -------
Class:       Database password disclosure
Versions:    2.23.3 only
Description: Bugzilla development snapshot version 2.23.3 introduced
             the ability to run Bugzilla under mod_perl on Apache.
             The mod_perl initialization script included with Bugzilla
             defines a new <Directory> block in the Apache configuration
             for the directory containing Bugzilla. This block fails to
             include permission for .htaccess files to override file
             access permissions.  The .htaccess file shipped with
             Bugzilla prohibits access by web browsers to read the
             localconfig file, which contains the username and password
             for connecting to the database server.
             If you are not running Bugzilla under mod_perl, then this
             does not affect you.

Vulnerability Solutions

The fixes for all of the security bugs mentioned in this advisory are
included in the 2.20.4, 2.22.2, and 2.23.4 releases. Upgrading to these
releases will protect installations from possible exploits of these

Full release downloads, patches to upgrade Bugzilla from previous
versions, and CVS upgrade instructions are available at:

Specific patches for each of the individual issues can be found on the
corresponding bug reports for each issue, at the URL given in the
reference for that issue in the list above.


The Bugzilla team wish to thank the following people for their
assistance in locating, advising us of, and assisting us to fix these

Frédéric Buclin
Dave Miller
Olav Vitters
Max Kanat-Alexander

General information about the Bugzilla bug-tracking system can be found

Comments and follow-ups can be directed to the
newsgroup or the support-bugzilla mailing list. has directions for accessing these
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