SA-2008-047 – Drupal core – Multiple vulnerabilities

  • Advisory ID: DRUPAL-SA-2008-047
  • Project: Drupal core
  • Version: 5.x, 6.x
  • Date: 2008-August-13
  • Security risk: Highly critical
  • Exploitable from: Remote
  • Vulnerability: Multiple vulnerabilities


Multiple vulnerabilities and weaknesses were discovered in Drupal.

Cross site scripting

A bug in the output filter employed by Drupal makes it possible for malicious users to insert script code into pages (cross site scripting or XSS).

A bug in the private filesystem trusts the MIME type sent by the browser, enabling malicious users with the ability to upload files to execute cross site scripting attacks.

These bugs affects both Drupal 5.x and 6.x.

Arbitrary file uploads via BlogAPI

The BlogAPI module does not validate the extension of uploaded files, enabling users with the “administer content with blog api” permission to upload harmful files.

This bug affects both Drupal 5.x and 6.x.

Cross site request forgeries

Drupal forms contain a token to protect against cross site request forgeries (CSRF). The token may not be validated properly for cached forms and forms containing AHAH elements.

This bug affects Drupal 6.x.

User access rules can be added or deleted upon accessing a properly formatted URL, making such modifications vulnerable to cross site request forgeries (CSRF). This may lead to unintended addition or deletion of an access rule when a sufficiently privileged user visits a page or site created by a malicious person.

This bug affects both Drupal 5.x and 6.x.

Various Upload module vulnerabilities

The Upload module in Drupal 6 contains privilege escalation vulnerabilities for users with the “upload files” permission. This can lead to users being able to edit nodes which they are normally not allowed to, delete any file to which the webserver has sufficient rights, and download attachments of nodes to which they have no access. Harmful files may also be uploaded via cross site request forgeries (CSRF).

These bugs affect Drupal 6.x.

Versions affected

  • Drupal 5.x before version 5.10
  • Drupal 6.x before version 6.4


Install the latest version:

  • If you are running Drupal 5.x then upgrade to Drupal 5.10.
  • If you are running Drupal 6.x then upgrade to Drupal 6.4.

If you are unable to upgrade immediately, you can apply a patch to secure your installation until you are able to do a proper upgrade. The patches fix security vulnerabilities, but do not contain other fixes which were released in these versions.

Reported by

* Members of the Drupal security team.


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