Stored Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in TYPO3 extension "femanager"


Stored Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability


TYPO3 extension "femanager"

Vulnerable Version

6.0.0 - 6.3.0 and 5.5.0 and below

Fixed Version

6.3.1 and 5.5.1

CVE Number







Lukas Eder (Atos Germany) - SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

The Typo3 extension "femanager" is vulnerable to a Stored Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability. The vulnerability exists due to insufficient validations during the upload of profile images. It is possible to upload SVG files with embedded JavaScript.

Vendor description

"Femanager is an extension for a TYPO3 Frontend-User Registration. Maybe you know sr_feuser_register but you want to use a more modern extension, give femanager a try. This extension basicly brings an easy-to-use frontend-user-registration with a profile manager to your system. In addition femanager was developed to be very flexible and to bring a lot of features out of the box."


Business recommendation

The vendor provides a patched version which should be installed immediately.

Vulnerability overview/description

1) Stored Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2021-36787)

The default configuration of the upload function within the registration workflow of the femanager to create new frontend users allows an upload of various file types as profile image.

An attacker can use the upload function in the registration process to upload SVG files with embedded JavaScript code that is stored on the webserver. Depending on the developed application, the malicious JavaScript code is executed in the context of other users in various scenarios, e.g. when a user visits the profile of the attacker's frontend user.

Proof of concept

1) Stored Cross-Site Scripting (CVE-2021-36787)

The vulnerability can be triggered if the extension's image upload function is used.

The following proof of concept shows the crafted HTTP Request that was used to create a user with embedded JavaScript code in the SVG file. This SVG file is used as profile image, which leads to execution every time the image is rendered.

HTTP Request:

POST /login/registrieren?tx_femanager_pi1%5Baction%5D=create&tx_femanager_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=New&cHash=XXX HTTP/1.1
Host: <IP>
Content-Type: multipart/form-data; boundary=---------------------------222617292530868691744105633415
Connection: close

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="tx_femanager_pi1[__referrer][@extension]"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="tx_femanager_pi1[__referrer][@vendor]"



Content-Disposition: form-data; name="tx_femanager_pi1[user][username]"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="tx_femanager_pi1[user][password]"

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="tx_femanager_pi1[password_repeat]"



Content-Disposition: form-data; name="tx_femanager_pi1[user][image][0]"; filename="xss_file.svg"
Content-Type: image/svg+xml

<svg xmlns="">
    <script>alert("XSS WORKS")</script>


Tested versions

The following version has been tested:

  • femanager: 5.4.2 (TYPO3: 9.5.27)

The vendor confirmed that the following versions are also affected by the vulnerability:

  • femanager: 6.0.0 - 6.3.0 and 5.5.0 and below

Vendor contact timeline

2021-07-05 Contacting vendor through
2021-07-06 Received information from vendor that they will work on a solution.
2021-08-10 Received info from vendor about a released Typo3 Security Advisory that covers the vulnerability. The advisory also covers the updated versions of the extensions that should be used.
2022-01-17 Release of security advisory.


The vendor provides a patched version which should be installed immediately.

Further information can be found at the Typo3 security advisory:


The upload of SVG files could be disabled. This can be accomplished by adjusting the configuration file of the femanager extension. If SVG files are necessary for the functions of the website, it must be ensured that malicious code within these files, e.g. in the form of JavaScript, is not executed.

Advisory URL


EOF Lukas Eder (Atos Germany) / @2022

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