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Security Bulletin: URL Manipulation Vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Portal versions 7.0.0.x and 8.0 (CVE-2012-2181)

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A URL manipulation security vulnerability has been found in the dojo module for WebSphere Portal versions 7.0.0.x and 8.0.


IBM WebSphere Portal could allow a remote attacker to traverse directories on the system. An attacker could send a specially-crafted URL request to view arbitrary files on the system and obtain sensitive information. This information could be used to launch further attacks against the affected system. This vulnerability is susceptible to an exploit in the wild.

CVEID: CVE-2012-2181
CVSS Base Score: 7.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N)

WebSphere Portal versions 7.0.0.x and 8.0

APAR PM64172 has been provided to address this issue. The APAR is included in Cumulative Fix 14 or higher for WebSphere Portal v7.0.0.1 and v7.0.0.2. For WebSphere Portal v8 the APAR is available as an interim fix for WebSphere Portal 8.0 and also included in Cumulative Fix 1 or higher.

Fix* APAR How to acquire fix
WebSphere Portal Cumulative Fix 14 or higher PM64172 Cumulative fixes for WebSphere Portal &
WebSphere Portal Cumulative Fix 14 or higher PM64172 Cumulative fixes for WebSphere Portal &
WebSphere Portal 8.0 Cumulative Fix 1 or higher PM64172 · Cumulative fixes visit for WebSphere Portal
· Interim fix:



· On-line Calculator V2
· CVE-2012-2181
· X-Force Vulnerability Database

*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 Flash.

Note: According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Portal

Software version: 7.0, 8.0

Operating system(s): AIX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1598363

Modified date: 17 August 2015