VDB-93223 · CVE-2016-8905 · BID 94311

dotCMS up to 3.3.0 JSONTags Servlet sort sql injection

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in dotCMS up to 3.3.0 (Content Management System). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown code of the component JSONTags Servlet. The manipulation of the argument sort with an unknown input leads to a sql injection vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-89. The product constructs all or part of an SQL command using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the intended SQL command when it is sent to a downstream component. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

SQL injection vulnerability in the JSONTags servlet in dotCMS before 3.3.1 allows remote authenticated attackers to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the sort parameter.

The weakness was presented 10/31/2016 by Elar Lang as Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in dotCMS (8x CVE) as not defined mailinglist post (Full-Disclosure). It is possible to read the advisory at seclists.org. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-8905 since 10/24/2016. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. A single authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1505 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 93 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

Upgrading to version 3.3.1 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.






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Class: Sql injection
CWE: CWE-89 / CWE-74 / CWE-707

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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OpenVAS ID: 103306
OpenVAS Name: dotCMS Multiple SQL Injection Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: dotCMS 3.3.1
Patch: github.com


12/14/2015 🔍
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03/16/2016 +93 days 🔍
10/24/2016 +222 days 🔍
10/31/2016 +7 days 🔍
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11/15/2016 +1 days 🔍
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Advisory: Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in dotCMS (8x CVE)
Researcher: Elar Lang
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2016-8905 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 94311 - dotCMS Multiple SQL Injection Vulnerabilities


Created: 11/01/2016 10:55 AM
Updated: 09/29/2022 08:51 AM
Changes: 11/01/2016 10:55 AM (64), 05/22/2019 09:55 AM (12), 09/29/2022 08:51 AM (3)
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