Mezzanine 4.2.0 - Cross-Site Scripting









Security Advisory - Curesec Research Team

1. Introduction

Affected Product:    Mezzanine 4.2.0
Fixed in:            4.2.1
Fixed Version Link:
Vendor Website:
Vulnerability Type:  XSS
Remote Exploitable:  Yes
Reported to vendor:  09/05/2016
Disclosed to public: 11/10/2016
Release mode:        Coordinated Release
CVE:                 n/a
Credits              Tim Coen of Curesec GmbH

2. Overview

Mezzanine is an open source CMS written in python. In version 4.2.0, it is
vulnerable to two persistent XSS attacks, one of which requires extended
privileges, the other one does not. These issues allow an attacker to steal
cookies, inject JavaScript keyloggers, or bypass CSRF protection.

3. Details

XSS 1: Persistent XSS via Name in Comments

CVSS: Medium 5.0 AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N

Description: When leaving a comment on a blog post, the author name is echoed
unencoded in the backend, leading to persistent XSS.

Proof of Concept:

Leave a comment, as author name use '"><img src=no onerror=alert(1)> To trigger
the payload, view the comment overview in the admin backend: http://

XSS 2: Persistent XSS via HTML file upload

CVSS: Medium 4.0 AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:N

Description: When uploading files via the media manager, the extension .html is
allowed, leading to XSS via file upload. An account with the permissions to
upload files to the media manager is required.

Proof of Concept:

Visit the media manager and upload a .html file: http://localhost:8000/admin/
media-library/upload/?ot=desc&o=date As uploaded files are stored inside the
web root, it can now be accessed, thus executing the JavaScript code it
contains: http://localhost:8000/static/media/uploads/xss.html

4. Solution

To mitigate this issue please upgrade at least to version 4.2.1:

Please note that a newer version might already be available.

5. Report Timeline

09/05/2016 Informed Vendor about Issue
09/05/2016 Vendor replies
09/19/2016 Vendor releases fix
11/10/2016 Disclosed to public

Blog Reference:

Curesec GmbH
Curesec Research Team
Josef-Orlopp-Straße 54
10365 Berlin, Germany