PT-2012-53: Privilege Gaining in DataLife Engine

Vulnerable software

DataLife Engine 
Version: 9.7 and earlier

Application link:

Severity level

Severity level: Medium 
Impact: Privilege gaining 
Access Vector: Remote 

CVSS v2: 
Base Score: 6.8 
Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

CVE: not assigned

Software description

DataLife Engine is a website management system.

Vulnerability description

Positive Technologies experts have detected a session management vulnerability  that allows attackers to conduct Session Fixation attack in DataLife Engine.
 Session cookies are not discarded that allows attackers to conduct the attack. The attacker with access to sub domain (or using Cross-Site Scripting) is able to set  Cookie: PHPSESSID=123; in user's browser and as logged in to, the user can use 123 session that now has privileges of the authorized user.

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version.

Advisory status

30.10.2012 - Vendor is notified
30.10.2012 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
19.01.2013 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
04.02.2013 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability has discovered by Timur Yunusov, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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