netVigilance Security Advisory #53
SAXON version 5.4 Multiple Path Disclosure Vulnerabilities
SAXON is a simple accessible online news publishing system for personal and small corporate site owners. Publish news, using configurable templates, on any .php page on your site. Publish news on a 'per author' basis. Edit and/or delete existing news items. Create multiple RSS news feeds automatically (RSS 0.9, RSS 2.0 and Atom). Post date news items for later public release. Multiple authors allowed. Ability to configure users as Standard or Administrators. Ability to add/delete users (Administrators only). Option to change any user password (Administrators only). Template creation/deletion/amendment interface. Online setup and configuration.
Mitre CVE: CVE-2007-4861
NVD NIST: CVE-2007-4861
SAXON is a simple accessible online news publishing system for personal and small corporate site owners.
Security problems in the product allow attackers to gather the true path of the server-side script.
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SAXON version 5.4
Program flaws - The product scripts have flaws which lead to Warnings or even Fatal Errors.
The Vendor has confirmed the problem and has release new version 5.41 that addresses the problem. New version of product was tested and we can confirm that all vulnerabilities were solved. For more information see vendor announcement. To download the latest version go to vendors product download area.
Disable warning messages: modify in the php.ini file following line: display_errors = Off.
Modify .htaccess file to include 'php_flag register_globals off' (this will work only for the Apache servers). Amend admin/config.php to include 'error_reporting(0);'
Update critical files in the /admin, /rss and root directory of the installation (all MySQL error reporting removed)
Path Disclosure Vulnerability 1:
<b>Fatal error</b>: Call to undefined function: quotesmart() in <b>[DISCLOSED PATH][PRODUCT DIRECTORY]\news.php</b> on line <b>15</b><br />
Path Disclosure Vulnerability 2:
<b>Warning</b>: mysql_real_escape_string() expects parameter 1 to be string, array given in <b>[DISCLOSED PATH][PRODUCT DIRECTORY]\admin\functions.php</b> on line <b>48</b><br />
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