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Security Bulletin: Fix available for Improper Access Control Checks on Search Results if WCM Path Traversal is enabled in IBM WebSphere Portal (CVE-2013-6730)

Security Bulletin


A fix that corrects access control checks on search results is available for a security vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Portal.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2013-6730

Improper access control checks on search results have been identified. If IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) Path Traversal ('' setting) is enabled the search result can show items, on which the user that executed the search has no access.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

WebSphere Portal 8
WebSphere Portal 7
WebSphere Portal 6.1.x


The recommended solution is to apply PI07185 as soon as practical.
Fix: Apply Interim Fix PI07185 or a Cumulative Fix containing PI07185.

For 8.0.0 through
▪ Upgrade to Fix Pack with Cumulative Fix 10 (CF10)
(Combined Cumulative Fixes for WebSphere Portal

For 7.0.0 through
▪ Upgrade to Fix Pack with Cumulative Fix 27 (CF27)
(Combined Cumulative fixes for WebSphere Portal

For through
▪ Upgrade to Fix Pack with Cumulative Fix 27 (CF27) and then apply Interim Fix PI07185
(Cumulative fixes for WebSphere Portal

For through
▪ Upgrade to Fix Pack with Cumulative Fix 27 (CF27) and then apply Interim Fix PI07185
(Cumulative fixes for WebSphere Portal

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Change History

28th February 2014: 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.


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Related information

WCM Path Traversal setting

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Portal

Software version: 6.1, 7.0, 8.0

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 1665915

Modified date: 03 March 2014