PR07-19: Cross-site Scripting (XSS) / HTML injection on Webbler CMS admin login page (2) Jul 24 2007 10:15AM
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PR07-19: Cross-site Scripting (XSS) / HTML injection on Webbler CMS admin login page (2)

This advisory has been published following consultation with UK CPNI (formerly known as NISCC)

Date Found: 14th June 2007

Successfully tested on: Webbler CMS version 3.1.3. Earlier versions are possibly affected as well.

Note: the version number is usually included within 'meta' HTML tags and 'X-Powered-By' HTTP response headers. i.e.:

<meta name="generator" content="webbler 3.1.3 -" />

X-Powered-By: webbler version 3.1.3


Webbler CMS is vulnerable to XSS within the " /uploader/index.php" server-side script and 'login' parameter.

No authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability.


An attacker may be able to cause execution of malicious scripting code in the browser of a user who clicks on a link to a site generated/managed by Webbler CMS. HTML tags can also be injected.

This type of attack can result in non-persistent defacement of the target site, or the redirection of confidential information to unauthorised third parties.

Proof of concept:

This vulnerability can only be exploited as a POST request, so the attacker must convince the victim to visit a third-party site which causes the victim's browser to submit the POST XSS request to the vulnerable site. This can be accomplished through a hidden '<form>' with a 'method="post"' attribute.

The following curl command can be used to test if a site is vulnerable:

curl -s "" -d "login=\"><script>alert(\"XSS\")</SCRIPT>&password=test&processlogin=Ent

Successfully tested on:

Server environment:

Webbler CMS 3.1.3
PHP 5.1.6
Apache web server (unknown version)

Client environment:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11

Severity: Medium/High

Author: Adrian Pastor of ProCheckUp [adrian.pastor [at]]

ProCheckUp thanks Tincan for fixing this vulnerability so promptly.



This issue has been fixed on version version 3.1.6.


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