TYPO3-CORE-SA-2015-003: Frontend login Session Fixation

Categories: TYPO3 CMS Created by Helmut Hummel
It has been discovered that TYPO3 is susceptible to session fixation.

Component Type: TYPO3 CMS

Release Date: July 1, 2015

Vulnerable subcomponent: Frontend Login

Vulnerability Type: Session Fixation

Affected Versions: Versions 6.2.0 to 6.2.13, 7.0.0 to 7.3.0

Severity: Low

Suggested CVSS v2.0: AV:N/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N/E:F/RL:OF/RC:C

CVE: not assigned yet

Problem Description: It has been discovered that TYPO3 is susceptible to session fixation. If a user authenticates while anonymous session data is present, the session id is not changed. This makes it possible for attackers to generate a valid session id, trick users into using this session id (e.g. by leveraging a different Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability) and then maybe getting access to an authenticated session.

Solution: Update to TYPO3 versions 6.2.14 or 7.3.1 that fix the problem described.

Credits: Thanks to Helmut Hummel who discovered and reported the issue.

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Document Updates

  • 2020-10-08 by Oliver Hader: adjusted CVSS v2.0