TWiki < 5.1.4 MAKETEXT Variable Tilde Character Command Injection

critical Nessus Plugin ID 64876


The remote web server hosts a CGI application that is affected by a command injection vulnerability.


According to its version number, the instance of TWiki running on the remote host is affected by a command injection vulnerability. The '%MAKETEXT{}%' variable fails to properly sanitize user-supplied input. A remote attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary shell commands on the remote host subject to the privileges of the web server user.

Note that only TWiki installs with localization enabled are affected.

Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to TWiki version 5.1.4 or later. Alternatively, apply the hotfix referenced in the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 64876

File Name: twiki_5_1_4.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 2/25/2013

Updated: 6/5/2024

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode, Enable thorough checks

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2013-1751


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:twiki:twiki

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport, installed_sw/TWiki

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2/18/2013

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2/18/2013

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1751

BID: 58024