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ActiveWeb Contentserver CMS SQL Injection Management Interface

RedTeam Pentesting discovered an SQL Injection in the picture_real_edit.asp script of the activeWeb contentserver CMS during a penetration test. An editor with the permission to edit pictures can exploit this by injecting arbitrary commands into the “id” variable used to fetch an image from the database.


  • Product: activeWeb contentserver
  • Affected Versions: <= 5.6.2929
  • Fixed Versions: 5.6.2964
  • Vulnerability Type: SQL-Injection
  • Security-Risk: high
  • Vendor-URL: http://www.active-web.de/aw/home/Produkte/~gf/contentserver/
  • Vendor-Status: informed, fixed version released
  • Advisory-URL: https://www.redteam-pentesting.de/advisories/rt-sa-2007-004
  • Advisory-Status: public
  • CVE: CVE-2007-3013
  • CVE-URL: https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-3013


contentserver is the comprehensive, scalable Content Management System for professional requirements. It combines editorial system, website management and development platform for web applications in one package.

(translation of the description on the vendor’s homepage)

More Details

By accessing the URL


an editor can edit images. The images are stored in the SQL database and referenced by the variable “id”. This variable is not filtered, which leads to an SQL Injection. The query which is executed is

SELECT Bezeichnung,ImageKommentar,KatalogID FROM RealobjectSmall WHERE ID = ‘$id’

By injecting commands into the “id” parameter, arbitrary SQL statements can be executed. The structure of the query is shown on an error page if there is an error in it (e.g., by setting id to a single tick “’”), making it easy for an attacker to check the exact syntax he needs to exploit the vulnerability. The return values of the query will be shown in the form fields of the page.

Proof of Concept

The following request shows the version of the SQL server and the operating system in the “Bezeichnung” form field, using an SQL UNION:



A possible workaround would be to use a filtering application set up in front of the real webserver, mitigating the risk of being exploited.


The vulnerability is fixed in release 5.6.2964.

Security Risk

The risk of this vulnerability is high. Any editor with the permissions to edit an image can inject SQL Code, completely compromising the database.


  • 2007-05-23 Problem found during a penetration test
  • 2007-05-30 Vendor notified by customer
  • 2007-06-01 Vendor called back and confirmed the vulnerability
  • 2007-06-18 CVE number assigned
  • 2007-07-11 Vendor released fixed version
  • 2007-07-13 Advisory released
  • 2009-05-08 Updated Advisory URL The vendor was very cooperative. There was always a competent contact person available who answered any questions. They did an additional code audit after verifying the vulnerability and fixed similar problems immediately.

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