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


Severity Medium
Score 6.5/10


dotCMS before 20.10.1 allows SQL injection, as demonstrated by the /api/v1/containers orderby parameter. The PaginatorOrdered classes that are used to paginate results of a REST endpoints do not sanitize the orderBy parameter and in some cases it is vulnerable to SQL injection attacks. A user must be an authenticated manager in the dotCMS system to exploit this vulnerability.

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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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