A Vulnerability in Joomla! Could Allow for SQL Injection

ITS Advisory Number: 
2017-050
Date(s) Issued: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Subject: 
A Vulnerability in Joomla! Could Allow for SQL Injection
Overview: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Joomla!, which could allow for SQL Injection. Joomla! is an open source content management system for websites. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to compromise the application, access or modify data, or exploit latent vulnerabilities in the underlying database.

Systems Affected: 
  • Joomla! versions prior to 3.7.1
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
Medium
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
Medium
Home Users: 
Low
Description: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Joomla!, which could allow for SQL injection. This vulnerability exists due to inadequate filtering of request data in URL parameters. An attacker can exploit this issue by manipulating the SQL query logic in the URL bar in order to run SQL queries on the underlying database. (CVE-2017-8917) Successful exploitation of this vulnerably could allow an attacker to compromise the application, access or modify data, or exploit latent vulnerabilities in the underlying database.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, immediately apply applicable patches provided by Joomla! to the vulnerable systems.

  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.