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Security Bulletin: FileNet Workplace XT can be affected by the File Extension validation vulnerability (CVE-2016-8921)

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FileNet Workplace XT is vulnerable to the File Extension validation bypass which allows malicious content to be uploaded to the FileNet P8 server

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-8921
IBM FileNet Workplace XT could allow a remote attacker to upload arbitrary files, which could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code on the vulnerable server.
CVSS Base Score: 6.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

FileNet Workplace XT 1.1.5


Refer to the Workarounds and Mitigations section.

Workarounds and Mitigations

There are 2 different ways to address this vulnerability. Either can be implemented separately or they can be used together.
1) Check and remove malicious content before it gets added in to the P8 repository (address on the front end).
2) Check for malicious content when content is being viewed and do not allow it to be accessed (address on the back end).

To avoid malicious content from being uploaded in to the P8 repository:
(1) Create a custom event action that's triggered on an AddDocument event that checks either the file type being added or calls a file scanner to validate the contents before the content is added.
(2) Configure a file scanner to scan the storage volume where content is being saved and have it send an alert when it finds malicious content.

To prevent content that contains JavaScript code from being executed when it is viewed by Workplace XT:
(1) Force JavaScript files to be viewed as text. A Workplace XT response filter could be implemented to change the MIME Type from JavaScript to Text.
(2) Configure your browser to not execute JavaScript files.

The above suggested implementations are examples of various ways to prevent malicious content from being either uploaded and/or executed. Please contact IBM Support for additional information.

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This vulnerability was reported to IBM by Hariharan S and Gowtham R from Cognizant Technology Solution

Change History

23 November 2016: Original version published

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Document information

More support for: FileNet Content Manager
Workplace XT

Software version: 1.1.5

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1994018

Modified date: 09 December 2016