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Security Bulletin: Potential Security exposures with WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2014-4770 and CVE-2014-4816)

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Summary

There is a potential cross-site scripting (XSS) and a potential cross-site request forgery (CSRF) security vulnerability in WebSphere Application Server.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2014-4770

Description: IBM WebSphere Application Server may be vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of input in the Administrative Console. A remote attacker with Administrative authority could exploit this vulnerability using a specially crafted URL to inject script into a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site.
CVSS:
CVSS Base Score: 3.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/95209 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2014-4816

Description: IBM WebSphere Application Server may be vulnerable to a cross-site request forgery, caused by improper validation of input in the Administrative Console. By persuading a user to visit a malicious Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information, perform cross-site scripting attacks, perform session injection and other malicious activities.

CVSS:
CVSS Base Score: 3.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/95402 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

These problems affect the following versions of the WebSphere Application Server or WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition:
· Version 8.5
· Version 8.0
· Version 7.0
· Version 6.1
· Version 6.0.2

Remediation/Fixes

The recommended solution is to apply the Interim Fix, Fix Pack or PTF for each named product as soon as practical.

Fix:Apply an Interim Fix, Fix Pack or PTF containing APAR PI23055, as noted below:

For affected IBM WebSphere Application Server:

For V8.5.0.0 through 8.5.5.3:

  • Apply Fix Pack 8.5.5.0 or later
  • Then apply Interim Fix PI23055
--OR--
  • Apply Fix Pack 8.5.5.4 or later.

For V8.0.0.0 through 8.0.0.9:
  • Apply Fix Pack 8.0.0.6 or later
  • Then apply interim Fix PI23055
--OR--
  • Apply Fix Pack 8.0.0.10 or later.

For V7.0.0.0 through 7.0.0.33:
  • Apply Fix Pack 7.0.0.27 or later
  • Then apply Interim Fix PI23055
--OR--
  • Apply Fix Pack 7.0.0.35 or later.

For V6.1.0.0 through 6.1.0.47:
  • Apply Fix Pack 6.1.0.47 and then apply Interim Fix PI23055

Workarounds and Mitigations

none

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References

Complete CVSS v2 Guide
On-line Calculator v2

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Acknowledgement

The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Lukasz Plonka Lukasz.Plonka.ingservicespolska.pl

Change History

18 September 2014: original document published
10 October 2014: updated csrf description
15 October 2014: removed 6.0.2 check box - since it is not affected
16 October 2014: fixed v7 fixpack levels

*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

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.

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 6.1, 7.0, 8.0, 8.5, 8.5.5

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

Software edition: Base, Developer, Enterprise, Network Deployment

Reference #: 1682767

Modified date: 16 October 2014