References – Critical – Unsupported – SA-CONTRIB-2017-38

  • Advisory ID: DRUPAL-SA-CONTRIB-2017-38
  • Project: References (third-party module)
  • Date: 12-Apr-2017


Please note, the security team will not release information on this vulnerability for up to a month, the recommendation is to migrate. Emails asking for details on the vulnerability will not be responded to. If you would like to maintain the module, please follow the directions below.

This project provides D7 versions of the ‘node_reference’ and ‘user_reference’ field types, that were part of the CCK package in D6, at functional parity with the D6 counterparts.

The security team is marking this module unsupported. There is a known security issue with the module that has not been fixed by the maintainer. If you would like to maintain this module, please read:

Versions affected

  • All versions

Drupal core is not affected. If you do not use the contributed References module, there is nothing you need to do.


If you use the References module for Drupal you should uninstall it.

Also see the References project page.

Notably, if you started with References and need to maintain equivalent functionality, we recommend reviewing the feature set of Entity Reference. If Entity Reference can work for you, there is a Reference to EntityReference Field Migration module that can assist in the transition.

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