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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                          mahara security update
                                30 May 2011


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           mahara
Publisher:         Debian
Operating System:  UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
                   Debian GNU/Linux 5
                   Debian GNU/Linux 6
Impact/Access:     Cross-site Request Forgery -- Remote with User Interaction
                   Cross-site Scripting       -- Remote with User Interaction
                   Access Confidential Data   -- Remote with User Interaction
                   Unauthorised Access        -- Remote with User Interaction
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2011-1406 CVE-2011-1405 CVE-2011-1404
                   CVE-2011-1403 CVE-2011-1402 

Original Bulletin: 

Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on 
         platforms other than Debian. It is recommended that administrators 
         running mahara check for an updated version of the software for 
         their operating system.

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-2246-1                   security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                         Giuseppe Iuculano
May 29, 2011                           http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package        : mahara
Vulnerability  : several vulnerabilities
Problem type   : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID         : CVE-2011-1402 CVE-2011-1403 CVE-2011-1404 CVE-2011-1405 

Several vulnerabilities were discovered in mahara, an electronic portfolio,
weblog, and resume builder. The following Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures project ids identify them:


  It was discovered that previous versions of Mahara did not check user
  credentials before adding a secret URL to a view or suspending a user.


  Due to a misconfiguration of the Pieform package in Mahara, the cross-site
  request forgery protection mechanism that Mahara relies on to harden its
  form was not working and was essentially disabled.
  This is a critical vulnerability which could allow attackers to trick other
  users (for example administrators) into performing malicious actions on
  behalf of the attacker. Most Mahara forms are vulnerable.


  Many of the JSON structures returned by Mahara for its AJAX interactions
  included more information than what ought to be disclosed to the logged in
  user. New versions of Mahara limit this information to what is necessary for
  each page.


  Previous versions of Mahara did not escape the contents of HTML emails sent
  to users. Depending on the filters enabled in one's mail reader, it could
  lead to cross-site scripting attacks.


  It has been pointed out to us that if Mahara is configured (through its
  wwwroot variable) to use HTTPS, it will happily let users login via the HTTP
  version of the site if the web server is configured to serve content over
  both protocol. The new version of Mahara will, when the wwwroot points to an
  HTTPS URL, automatically redirect to HTTPS if it detects that it is being
  run over HTTP.

  We recommend that sites wanting to run Mahara over HTTPS make sure that
  their web server configuration does not allow the serving of content over
  HTTP and merely redirects to the secure version. We also suggest that site
  administrators consider adding the HSTS headers
  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Strict_Transport_Security) to their web
  server configuration.

For the oldstable distribution (lenny), these problems have been fixed in
version 1.0.4-4+lenny10.

For the stable distribution (squeeze), these problems have been fixed in
version 1.2.6-2+squeeze2.

For the testing distribution (wheezy), these problems have been fixed in
version 1.3.6-1.

For the unstable distribution (sid), these problems have been fixed in
version 1.3.6-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your mahara packages.

Further information about Debian Security Advisories, how to apply
these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be
found at: http://www.debian.org/security/

Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
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