SPIP 3.1.2 Reflected Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2016-7981)

Product Description

SPIP is a publishing system for the Internet, which put importance on collaborative working, multilingual environments and ease of use. It is free software, distributed under the GNU/GPL licence.

Vulnerability Description

The var_url parameter of the valider_xml file is not correctly sanitized and can be used to trigger a reflected XSS vulnerability.

Access Vector: remote

Security Risk: medium

Vulnerability: CWE-79

CVSS Base Score: 6.8 (Medium)

CVE-ID: CVE-2016-7981

Proof of Concept


Vulnerable code

The $url variable is not properly sanitized in valider_xml.php, line 134 :

$res =
  "<div style='text-align: center'>" . $err . "</div>" .
  "<div style='margin: 10px; text-align: left'>" . $texte . '</div>';
$bandeau = "<a href='$url_aff'>$url</a>";

The Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability is triggered on line 146 :

echo "<h1>", $titre, '<br>', $bandeau, '</h1>',

Timeline (dd/mm/yyyy)

  • 15/09/2016 : Initial discovery
  • 26/09/2016 : Contact with SPIP Team
  • 27/09/2016 : Answer from SPIP Team, sent advisory details
  • 27/09/2016 : Incorrect fix from SPIP Team.
  • 27/09/2016 : New proof of concept for bypassing fixes for XSS sent.
  • 27/09/2016 : Fixes issued for XSS (23185).
  • 30/09/2016 : SPIP 3.1.3 Released


Affected versions

  • Version <= 3.1.2


  • Nicolas CHATELAIN, Sysdream (n.chatelain -at- sysdream -dot- com)

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