Pentest Security Advisory : PTL-2002-03
XSS bug in Betsie
Author: Mark Rowe
Announcement Date: 1st July 2002
Vulnerable versions: 1.5.11 and all versions before
Vulnerability Type : Input Validation Error
Vendor-Status: informed, new version available
A Cross-site Scripting vulnerability exists in the Betsie application. The developer has been notified and a fixed version has been released.
Betsie stands for BBC Education Text to Speech Internet Enhancer, and is a simple Perl script which is intended to alleviate some of the problems experienced by people using text to speech systems for web browsing.
The Betsie perl script does not adequately validate and filter URL input making it vulnerable to Cross-site Scripting attacks.
Cross-site Scripting example: http://server/cgi-bin/betsie/parserl.pl/nastyscript
For more details about XSS vulnerabilities see http://www.owasp.org/asac/input_validation/css.shtml
The vendor has released a new version of the script 1.5.12, which seems to fix the bug.
Vendor has released a new version. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/betsie/download.html
Thankyou to Wayne Myers for responding so quickly to our notification and promptly releasing a fix.
Discovered on 24 June, 2002 by Mark Rowe
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