TYPO3-CORE-SA-2016-011: Authentication Bypass in TYPO3 CMS

Categories: TYPO3 CMS Created by Nicole Cordes
It has been discovered, that TYPO3 CMS is vulnerable to Authentication Bypass.

Component Type: TYPO3 CMS

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Vulnerable subcomponent: Authentication

Vulnerability Type: Authentication Bypass

Affected Versions: Versions 6.2.0 to 6.2.19, 7.6.0 to 7.6.4 and 8.0.0

Severity: Medium

Suggested CVSS v2.0: AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N/E:P/RL:O/RC:C

CVE: not assigned yet

Problem Description: The default authentication service misses to invalidate empty strings as password. Therefore it is possible to authenticate backend and frontend users without password set in the database.

Solution: Update to TYPO3 versions 6.2.20, 7.6.5 or 8.0.1 that fix the problem described.

Note: TYPO3 does not allow to create user accounts without a password. Your TYPO3 installation might only be affected if there is a third party component creating user accounts without password by directly manipulating the database.

Credits: Thanks to Kevin Ditscheid who discovered and reported the issue.

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