Fedora 14 : mediawiki-1.16.5-59.fc14 (2011-6774)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 54608
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The remote Fedora host is missing a security update.


MediaWiki 1.16.5 was released to correct two security flaws :

The first issue is yet another recurrence of the Internet Explorer 6 XSS vulnerability that caused the release of 1.16.4. It was pointed out that there are dangerous extensions with more than four characters, so the regular expressions we introduced had to be updated to match longer extensions. (CVE-2011-1765)

The second issue allows unauthenticated users to gain additional rights, on wikis where $wgBlockDisablesLogin is enabled. By default, it is disabled. The issue occurs when a malicious user sends cookies which contain the user name and user ID of a 'victim' account. In certain circumstances, the rights of the victim are loaded and persist throughout the malicious request, allowing the malicious user to perform actions with the victim's rights. (CVE-2011-1766)

$wgBlockDisablesLogin is a feature which is sometimes used on private wikis to prevent users who have an account from logging in and viewing content on the wiki.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Fedora security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected mediawiki package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 54608

File Name: fedora_2011-6774.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 5/23/2011

Updated: 1/11/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 5.8

Temporal Score: 4.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fedoraproject:fedora:mediawiki, cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora:14

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 5/9/2011

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-1765, CVE-2011-1766

BID: 47722

FEDORA: 2011-6774