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PR13-02 - DotNetNuke (DDN) Persistent Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) / HTML injection

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Vulnerability found:
03 May 2013
Vendor informed:
17 May 2013
Severity level:
Amir Azam of ProCheckUp Ltd (
'Vendors.aspx' page's input fields and also 'Upload File' under 'Tools' options are vulnerable to this XSS issue. ('') does not ensure that all data originating from a client request is adequately filtered and HTML encoded.

Successfully tested on:
Affected DNN Enterprise version: 07.00.05

Vendor has agreed that this is a valid vulnerability; however it is considered to be as a low risk issue, since DotNetNuke (DNN) vendor does not create a separate administrative level account on the fresh install (by default). In order to compromise this issue, an attacker needs to create the admin level role which has access to ‘vendor.aspx’ page, where the hacker has an ability to exploit cross site scripting attack. Nevertheless vendor has agreed to look into this issue and releasing patch respectively.
Proof of concept:
Proof of concept 1:
Step1: go to
Step2: Click on 'Add New Vendor'
step3: enter the following XSS payload into any of fields on the vendor page:


setp4: click on 'Update' to store the information

Step5: return to page to see executed XSS alert box(s)

Few examples of unfiltered parameters:

Proof of concept 2:
Upload html page with XSS payload e.g.

Step1: Go to 'Tools' and click on 'Upload File'
step2: upload an html page with following code:

XSS test page
<P>This is XSS HTML test page.</P>
<BODY ONLOAD=alert('XSS')>

An attacker may be able to cause execution of scripting code within the browser of a victim user who clicks on a malicious link. Such code would run within the context of the target domain. This type of attack can result in non-persistent defacement of the target site, or the redirection of confidential information (i.e.: session IDs or passwords) to unauthorised third parties.
How to fix:
Update DNN to 7.1.1 or ensure all data originating from a client request is adequately filtered and HTML encoded.

Follow a white-list input validation approach where possible to allow only necessary characters, and restrict the length of parameter values. For further information please refer to the OWASP XSS Prevention Cheat Sheet:
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