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Item13384: Entering backslash into the search box escapes the quote in the %SEARCH macro

Priority: Low
Current State: Confirmed
Released In: n/a
Target Release: minor
Applies To: Engine
Component: SEARCH, TopicMarkup
Reported By: JozefMojzis
Waiting For:
Last Change By: GeorgeClark

How to reproduce

  • Enter backslash into the search box
  • press enter

the following is appear

Searched: " type="word

so something is escaped. Maybe not exploitable... but for sure reporting it.

-- JozefMojzis - 25 Apr 2015

Crawford, I can confirm that this escape behaviour happens on both 1.1.9 and 1.2.0.

No idea if there is some way to exploit it, but the backslash seems to be escaping a quote in an eval'd string somewhere.

-- GeorgeClark - 25 Apr 201

From a private message:
(09:59:29 PM) gac410: The backslash issue appears to be in the WebSearch page itself and not in the perl.
(09:59:42 PM) gac410: "%<nop>URLPARAM{"search" encode="quote"}%"
(09:59:42 PM) gac410:     type="%<nop>URLPARAM{"type" default="word"}%"
(10:00:11 PM) gac410: So when the search param is \,   it runs together the search string and the type= option.
(10:00:24 PM) jomo: cool - so not usable as a hack... ;)
(10:00:32 PM) gac410: I don't think that this is a security issue.   But it still isn't right.
(10:00:46 PM) gac410: I have no idea how to fix it. 

I am not sure how to enter a backslash into a macro without it being treated as an escape. I tried entering a double-backslash, and it still escapes the quote. I can't find a general discussion on entering escapes in macro arguments, and how to escape the escapes.

Searched: " type="word
Number of topics: 0

-- GeorgeClark - 25 Apr 2015

Since it's a TML issue, downgrading this task to low.

-- GeorgeClark - 26 Apr 2015

ItemTemplate edit

Summary Entering backslash into the search box escapes the quote in the %SEARCH macro
ReportedBy JozefMojzis
Codebase 1.2.0 beta1, 1.1.9, trunk
SVN Range
AppliesTo Engine
Component SEARCH, TopicMarkup
Priority Low
CurrentState Confirmed
TargetRelease minor
ReleasedIn n/a
Topic revision: r5 - 17 Aug 2015, GeorgeClark
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