MediaWiki < 1.19.16 / 1.21.10 / 1.22.7 'Special:PasswordReset' XSS

low Nessus Plugin ID 76148
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VPR Score: 3


The remote web server contains an application that is affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability.


According to its version number, the instance of MediaWiki running on the remote host is affected by a cross-site scripting vulnerability.
An input-validation flaw exists related to 'Special:PasswordReset'.
This allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code within the server and browser trust relationship.

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


Upgrade to MediaWiki version 1.19.16 / 1.22.7 or later.

Note that, although version 1.21.10 also addresses the vulnerability, the 1.21.x release branch was obsoleted in June 2014.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 76148

File Name: mediawiki_1_21_10.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: remote

Published: 6/19/2014

Updated: 1/19/2021

Dependencies: mediawiki_detect.nasl

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low

VPR Score: 3

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2014-3966

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 2.6

Temporal Score: 2.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:mediawiki:mediawiki

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport, installed_sw/MediaWiki, www/PHP

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 5/29/2014

Vulnerability Publication Date: 5/29/2014

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3966

BID: 67787

CWE: 20, 74, 79, 442, 629, 711, 712, 722, 725, 750, 751, 800, 801, 809, 811, 864, 900, 928, 931, 990