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IBM WebSphere Application Server contains multiple vulnerabilities

Vulnerability Note VU#573356

Original Release Date: 2014-10-08 | Last Revised: 2014-10-16

Overview

IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the Hypervisor Edition, contains cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery vulnerabilities.

Description

CWE-79: Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ('Cross-site Scripting') - CVE-2014-4770

IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the Hypervisor Edition, contains a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the Administrative Console.

CWE-352: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) - CVE-2014-4816
IBM WebSphere Application Server, including the Hypervisor Edition, contains a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the Administrative Console. The application also provides a URL that allows authenticated users to directly create and modify their session variables ("Session Injection"), including CSRF tokens.

IBM reports that the following versions are affected:

    • Version 8.5
    • Version 8
    • Version 7
    • Version 6.1
    • Version 6.0.2

The CVSS score reflects CVE-2014-4770.

Impact

A remote unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary script in the context of the end-user's browser session. Additionally, a remote unauthenticated attacker may be able to trick an authenticated user into making an unintentional request to the web server which will be treated as an authentic request and may result in information leakage or modification.

Solution

IBM provides the following remediation guidance in their security bulletin:

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 (targeted to be available 8 December 2014).

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 (targeted to be available 16 February 2015).

For V7.0.0.0 through 7.0.0.31:
    • Apply Fix Pack 7.0.0.27 or later
    • Then apply Interim Fix PI23055
--OR--
    • Apply Fix Pack 7.0.0.35 or later (targeted to be available 13 October 2014).

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

Vendor Information

573356
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

IBM Corporation

Notified:  July 18, 2014 Updated:  October 02, 2014

Status

  Affected

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 4.9 AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N
Temporal 3.8 E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental 3.9 CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND

References

Credit

Thanks to Łukasz Płonka for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Todd Lewellen.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2014-4770, CVE-2014-4816
Date Public: 2014-09-18
Date First Published: 2014-10-08
Date Last Updated: 2014-10-16 17:36 UTC
Document Revision: 28

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