Drupal theme .tpl.php cross-site scripting

drupal-theme-xss (39605) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Drupal is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input to theme .tpl.php files. If register_globals is enabled and .htaccess fails to run, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using unspecified parameters in a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.


Base Score: 4.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: None
Temporal Score: 3.7
  Exploitability: High
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Gain Access


Refer to SA-2008-007 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.


  • DRUPAL-SA-2008-007: Drupal core - Cross site scripting (register_globals).
  • BID-27238: Drupal Prior To 4.7.11 and 5.6 Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2008-0274: Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Drupal 4.7.x and 5.x, when certain .htaccess protections are disabled, allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via crafted links involving theme .tpl.php files.
  • OSVDB ID: 42165: Drupal Theme .tpl.php File XSS
  • SA28422: Drupal Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SA28486: vbDrupal Multiple Vulnerabilities

Platforms Affected:

  • Drupal Drupal 4.7.11
  • Drupal Drupal 5.6


Jan 10, 2008

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