Confluence Security Advisory 2009-06-01

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In this advisory:

XSS Vulnerability in Various Confluence Actions and Macros


Atlassian rates these vulnerabilities as high, according to the scale published in Confluence Security. The scale allows us to rank a vulnerability as critical, high, moderate or low.

Risk Assessment

We have identified and fixed a number of security flaws which may affect Confluence instances in a public environment. These are cross-site scripting (XSS) that affect various Confluence page/blog features and functions.

  • The hacker might take advantage of the flaw to steal other users' session cookies or other credentials, by sending the credentials back to the hacker's own web server.
  • The hacker's text and script might be displayed to other people viewing the Confluence page. This is potentially damaging to your company's reputation.

You can read more about XSS attacks at cgisecurity, CERT and other places on the web.

Risk Mitigation

We recommend either patching or upgrading your Confluence installation to fix these vulnerabilities. Please see the 'Fix' section below.

Alternatively, if you are not in a position to undertake this immediately and you judge it necessary, you can disable public access (e.g. anonymous access and public signup) to your wiki until you have applied the necessary patch or upgrade. For even tighter control, you could restrict access to trusted groups.


A hacker can inject their own JavaScript into various Confluence URLs — see the table below for the affected functional areas. A URL may be invoked when a user performs a specific function in Confluence, such as clicking a link or a button. The URL can also be invoked by simply entering it into the browser address bar. If rogue JavaScript is injected into such a URL, the JavaScript will be executed when a user invokes the URL.

For more details please refer to the related JIRA issue, also shown in the table below.

Affected Confluence Functionality

Affected Confluence Versions

Fix Availability

More Details

Concurrent page edit message

All versions (1.0 to 2.10.3 inclusive)

2.9.2 and 2.10.3


Gallery Macro (Confluence Advanced Macros Plugin)

All versions (1.0 to 2.10.3 inclusive)



View File Macro (Office Connector Plugin)

2.10.0 to 2.10.3 inclusive *



Instant Messenger Macro

All versions (1.0 to 2.10.3 inclusive)

2.8.2, 2.9.2 and 2.10.3


Contributors Macro

2.3 to 2.10.3 inclusive

2.9.2 and 2.10.3


JIRA Issues Macro

All versions (1.0 to 2.10.3 inclusive)



* This vulnerability may be present in earlier Confluence versions with the Office Connector plugin installed.


These issues have been fixed in Confluence 3.0 (see the release notes), which you can download from the download centre.

If you do not wish to upgrade to Confluence 3.0, you can download and install the patches provided on our JIRA site. You will need to upgrade to the latest point release for the major version of Confluence that you are running (e.g. if you are running Confluence 2.9, you will need to upgrade to version 2.9.2) and then apply the patches. For more information, please refer to the specific JIRA issues shown in the table of vulnerabilities above.

Last modified on Sep 13, 2013

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