PostNuke Input Filtering Error in 'modules.php' Facilitates Remote Cross-Site Scripting Attacks
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1005583|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1005583
(Links to External Site)
Updated: Nov 18 2002|
Original Entry Date: Nov 8 2002
Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information, User access via network|
Exploit Included: Yes |
GemSEC reported an input validation vulnerability in PostNuke in the 'sid' argument of 'modules.php'. A remote user can conduct cross-site scripting attacks against PostNuke users.|
A remote user can create a specially crafted URL that, when loaded by a target user, will cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the target user's browser. The code will originate from the site running PostNuke 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.
A demonstration exploit URL is provided:
A remote user can access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site running PostNuke, 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.|
No solution was available at the time of this entry.|
Vendor URL: www.postnuke.com (Links to External Site)
Input validation error|
|Underlying OS: Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)|
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Source Message Contents
Subject: XSS in Postnuke Rogue release (0.72)|
Program: Postnuke Rogue release (0.72) (Latest).
PostNuke is a weblog/Content Management System (CMS). Whilst PostNuke is a fork of
PHP-Nuke, the entire core of the product has been replaced, making it far more secure and
stable, and able to work in high-volume environments with ease.
Some of the highlights of PostNuke are
customisation of all aspects of the website's appearance through themes, including CSS
the ability to specify items as being suitable for either a single or all languages
the best guarantee of displaying your webpages on all browsers due to HTML 4.01
a standard API and extensive documentation to allow for easy creation of extended
functionality through modules and blocks
The XSS was found fixed on postnuke's own website, but not in their code available for
I have previously mentioned it on bugtraq too:
Recently a friend emailed and informed me that his latest build still has same problem,
which I mentioned in my earlier post. I thought since it was fixed on postnuke's own
website then probably it'd be patched in their latest build too.
I just checked it again by downloading and building fresh postnuke.
The popup still comes, along with DB error.
Wait for a fixed version by postnuke team. Or edit the php script to validate input
properly for script tags as well.
contact address on their website, except for registering myself on their forums. And as
someone else also mentioned that why should one be bound to register there just for a
disclosure too. I hope such functionality be added to the downloadable version of
Muhammad Faisal Rauf Danka
Head of GemSEC / Chief Technology Officer
Gem Internet Services (Pvt) Ltd.
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