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XSS Vulnerability in Drupal's Node Blocks contributed module (6.x-1.3 and 5.x-1.1)
XSS Vulnerability in Drupal's Node Blocks contributed module (6.x-1.3
and 5.x-1.1)

Discovered by Martin Barbella <martybarbella@gmail.com>

Description of Vulnerability:
Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a
community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide
variety of content on a website. (From: http://drupal.org/about)

The Node Blocks module allows users to specify content type(s) as
being a block. This allows the content managers of the site to edit
the block text and title without having to access the block
administration page. (From: http://drupal.org/project/nodeblock)

The block title is not properly sanitized when a user displays a block
created from a node, resulting in a cross site scripting

Systems affected:
This has been confirmed in Node Blocks 6.x-1.3 and 5.x-1.1. Previous
versions may also be affected.

This is an example of a stored cross site scripting vulnerability.
Stored attacks are those where the injected code is permanently stored
on the target servers, such as in a database, in a message forum,
visitor log, comment field, etc. The victim then retrieves the
malicious script from the server when it requests the stored
information.  (From OWASP:

Mitigating factors:
A user must be able to create nodes of a type used by Node Blocks, and
this node must be added as a block by a user with the administer
blocks permission.

Proof of concept:
1. Install the Node Blocks module
2. Create a content type with available as block enabled
3. As a user with permission to create nodes of this type, create a
node with the title "<script>alert('XSS')</script>
4. As a user that can administer blocks, add this block to a region
5. Note that an alert box will be displayed when the block is
generated on a page

Install version 6.x-1.4 or 5.x-1.2 of the Node Blocks module.

2009-12-29 - Drupal Security notified.
2010-01-13 - Security announcement released on drupal.org

This vulnerability was reported by Martin Barbella to Khalid
Baheyeldin at Drupal Security, and fixed by Thomas Turnbull.
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