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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Cordova affects IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation (CVE-2015-5256)

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An Apache Cordova Vulnerability for improper application of whitelist restrictions on Android was addressed by IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation. Android applications created using Apache Cordova that use a remote server contain a vulnerability where whitelist restrictions are not properly applied. Improperly crafted URIs could be used to circumvent the whitelist, allowing for the execution of non-whitelisted JavaScript.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-5256
DESCRIPTION: Apache Cordova Android could allow a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions, caused by the improper application of whitelist restrictions. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass intended access restrictions.
CVSS Base Score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation Version 6.3, 7.0, 7.1
IBM Worklight Version 5.0.x, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2



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Change History

14 March 2016: Original version published
15 March 2016: Linked to CVE and cleaned up text

*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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Cloud and Virtualization Management IBM Worklight Security 5.0,,,, 5.0.5,, 5.0.6,,, 6.0,,, 6.1,,, 6.2, Consumer, Enterprise
Cloud and Virtualization Management IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation Security 6.3, 7.0, 7.1 Consumer, Enterprise

Document information

More support for: IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation

Software version: 6.3, 7.0, 7.1

Operating system(s): Apple iOS, BlackBerry OS, Google Android, Windows

Reference #: C1000109

Modified date: 29 March 2016