XSS Vulnerability in October CMS


Advisory by Netsparker (now Invicti)
Name: XSS Vulnerability in October CMS
Software: October CMS and possibly below.
Vendor Homepage: https://octobercms.com/
Vulnerability Type: Cross-site Scripting
Severity: Critical
Researcher: Omar Kurt
Advisory Reference: NS-14-024


October is a free, open-source, self-hosted CMS platform based on the Laravel PHP Framework. It allows developers to have full self-expression and the freedom to build web applications however they want.


October CMS is affected by XSS vulnerability.
October CMS PoC urls are as follows:

  • Cross-site Scripting
    http://site/backend/backend/auth/signin – (POST, fields: login)

    http://site/backend/backend/auth/restore – (POST, fields: login)

Learn more about Cross-site Scripting vulnerabilities:



Advisory Timeline

20/05/2014 – First Contact
10/06/2014 – Second Contact
11/06/2014 – Vulnerability fixed
03/07/2014 – Advisory released


It has been discovered on testing of Invicti Web Application Security Scanner.

About Invicti

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