SA-2008-018 – Drupal core – Cross site scripting

  • Advisory ID: DRUPAL-SA-2008-018
  • Project: Drupal core
  • Version: 6.0
  • Date: 2008-February-27
  • Security risk: Moderately critical
  • Exploitable from: Remote
  • Vulnerability: Multiple cross site scripting vulnerabilities


Titles are not escaped prior to being displayed on content edit forms, allowing users to inject arbitrary HTML and script code into these pages.

The Drupal.checkPlain function, used to escape text in ECMAScript, contains a bug which causes it to escape only the first instance of a character, allowing users to inject arbitrary HTML and script code in certain pages.

Wikipedia has more information about cross site scripting (XSS).

Versions affected

  • Drupal 6.x before version 6.1.


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Reported by

  • Steve McKenzie discovered the ECMAScript issue
  • The Drupal security team


The security contact for Drupal can be reached at security at or via the form at

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lighttpd 1.4.18, and possibly other versions before 1.5.0, does not properly calculate the size of a file descriptor array, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a large number of connections, which triggers an out-of-bounds access. (CVSS:5.0) (Last Update:2008-09-10)

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Multiple stack-based buffer overflows in an ActiveX control in QTPlugin.ocx for Apple QuickTime 7.4.1 and earlier allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via long arguments to the (1) SetBgColor, (2) SetHREF, (3) SetMovieName, (4) SetTarget, and (5) SetMatrix methods. (CVSS:7.5) (Last Update:2008-09-05)

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