Security Bulletin: Open Redirect and Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities in the Rational Directory Server Help System (CVE-2012-2159, CVE-2012-2161)

Security Bulletin


Summary

Some scripts in the help system used by IBM Rational Directory Administrator (RDA) are vulnerable to open redirect or cross-site scripting attacks.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-2159

Description: Some scripts used by the help system are vulnerable to redirects from trusted to untrusted web sites when users click a malicious link.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/74832 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)


CVE ID: CVE-2012-2161

Description: Some scripts used by the help system are vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks. An attacker could potentially exploit this vulnerability to collect user credentials or cookie data when users click a malicious link.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/74833 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

All the RDA versions and platforms are affected due to this vulnerability.

Remediation/Fixes

Workarounds and Mitigations

This risk can be mitigated as follows.

  1. Download the rds-help.zip file and extract the rds-help.war
  2. Stop the WebAccessServer (apache tomcat server)
    • Windows: <RDS\RDA install location>\WebAccessServer\apache-tomcat-x.0.xx\bin\catalina.bat stop
    • UNIX / Linux: <RDS/RDA install location>/WebAccessServer/apache-tomcat-x.0.xx/bin\catalina.sh stop

  3. Go to the location where the war file is located in the RDS/RDA install location.
    • Windows: <RDS\RDA install location>\WebAccessServer\apache-tomcat-x.0.xx\webapps\
    • UNIX / Linux: <RDS/RDA install location>/WebAccessServer/apache-tomcat-x.0.xx/webapps/

  4. Delete/backup the following:
    file: rds-help.war
    directory: rds-help

  5. Replace the rds-help.war downloaded.

  6. Start the WebAccessServer
    • Windows: <RDS\RDA install location>\WebAccessServer\Start_RDAWebServer.bat
    • UNIX / Linux: <RDS/RDA install location>/WebAccessServer/Start_RDAWebServer.sh

The latest rds-help.war file is now installed which does not have the security vulnerabilities.

Note: This help file has contents for RDS versions 5.2(Tivoli) and later, and RDS 5.1.1 (Apache) and later

References

Related information

Acknowledgement

None

Change History

* 25 June 2012: Original copy published

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.

Disclaimer

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Document information


More support for:

Rational Directory Server
Documentation

Software version:

5.0, 5.1, 5.1.0.1, 5.1.0.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.1.1, 5.2, 5.2.0.1, 5.2.0.2

Operating system(s):

AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

1599616

Modified date:

2012-06-25

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