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Improper Neutralization of Special Elements used in an SQL Command ('SQL Injection')


Severity High
Score 7.5/10


The pnVarPrepForStore function in PostNuke 0.764 and earlier skips input sanitization when magic_quotes_runtime is enabled, which allows remote attackers to conduct SQL injection attacks and execute arbitrary SQL commands via input associated with server variables, as demonstrated by the CLIENT_IP HTTP header (HTTP_CLIENT_IP variable).

  • LOW
  • NONE

CWE-89 - SQL Injection

Structured Query Language (SQL) injection attacks are one of the most common types of vulnerabilities. They exploit weaknesses in vulnerable applications to gain unauthorized access to backend databases. This often occurs when an attacker enters unexpected SQL syntax in an input field. The resulting SQL statement behaves in the background in an unintended manner, which allows the possibility of unauthorized data retrieval, data modification, execution of database administration operations, and execution of commands on the operating system.


Advisory Timeline

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