Security Advisories and Notifications


 

Subject: Security Advisory (BEA08-186.00)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: BEA Plumtree Portal cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability
Product(s) Affected: BEA AquaLogic Interaction and BEA Plumtree Foundation

Threat level: Medium
Cross site scripting is a commonly exploited vulnerability.

Severity: Medium
A script could be potentially injected into the user environment.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of the BEA AquaLogic Interaction and BEA Plumtree Foundation. Patches are available to correct this problem (see Section II). Oracle treats potential security problems with a high degree of urgency and endeavors to take appropriate steps to help ensure the security of our customers’ systems. As a result, Oracle strongly suggests the following actions:

I. Read the following advisory.
II. Apply the suggested action.
III. If you know of any additional users interested in future security advisories, please forward them the registration instructions included in this advisory.

I. Advisory

Background: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities are well documented in the industry. XSS vulnerability requires three parties:

  • A susceptible Web site.
  • A valid user of the Web site.
  • An attacker.

The attacker tricks the user (usually via misleading links on web pages or emails) to exploit the XSS vulnerability in the Web site. This allows the attacker to run arbitrary client-side (i.e. browser) scripts that execute as the identity of the valid user. Typically this is used to steal session cookies thereby allowing the attacker to impersonate the valid user. XSS vulnerabilities can arise due to bugs in the Web server or in applications running on it.

BEA AquaLogic Interaction 6.1 and BEA Plumtree Foundation 6.0 are vulnerable to a cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability affecting all portal applications.

This advisory corrects this issue by providing patches that are required to secure a portal to prevent a cross site scripting attack.

Impact and CVSS Ratings:

CVSS Severity Score: 5 (Medium)
Attack Range (AV): Network
Attack Complexity (AC): Low
Authentication Level (Au): None
Impact Type: Partial Confidentiality impact
Vulnerability Type: Information Disclosure
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Complete CVSS Guide: http://www.first.org/cvss/cvss-guide.html
Online Calculator: http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?calculator

The following versions of BEA AquaLogic Interaction and BEA Plumtree Foundation are affected by this vulnerability

  • BEA AquaLogic Interaction 6.1 through Maintenance Pack 1 on all platforms.
  • BEA Plumtree Foundation 6.0 through Service Pack 1 on all platforms.

II. SUGGESTED ACTION

Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

BEA AquaLogic Interaction 6.1:

  1. Upgrade to BEA AquaLogic Interaction 6.1 MP1.
  2. Download and apply the AquaLogic Interaction 6.1.1.316115 patch #7824561 from OracleMetaLink as per the instructions below:
    • Select the Patches and Updates tab after logging in to OracleMetaLink.
    • Click Simple Search.
    • In the Search By field, select Patch Number from the list.
    • Enter the patch number. The patch number may be different for different product releases and platforms.
    • Select the platform (or choose generic as applicable)
    • Click Go.
    • Click Download to download the patch.
  3. Follow the instructions in the readme inside the zip file to install the patch.

BEA Plumtree Foundation 6.0:

  1. Upgrade to BEA Plumtree Foundation 6.0 SP1.
  2. Download and apply the Plumtree Foundation 6.0.1.316111 patch #7824553 from OracleMetaLink as per the instructions below:
    • Select the Patches and Updates tab after logging in to OracleMetaLink.
    • Click Simple Search.
    • In the Search By field, select Patch Number from the list.
    • Enter the patch number. The patch number may be different for different product releases and platforms.
    • Select the platform (or choose generic as applicable)
    • Click Go.
    • Click Download to download the patch.
  3. Follow the instructions in the readme inside the zip file to install the patch.

III. REFERENCES

BEA Systems greatly appreciates the contributions from the following professional organizations for their assistance in investigating this matter:

Jan Fry (jan.fry@procheckup.com) and Adrian Pastor (adrian.pastor@procheckup.com), from ProCheckUp Ltd, www.procheckup.com.



SECURITY COMMUNICATIONS

Oracle strongly suggests that customers apply the remedies recommended in all our security advisories. Oracle also urges customers to apply every Service/Maintenance Pack as they are released. Service/Maintenance Packs include a roll-up of all bug fixes for each version of the product, as well as each of the prior Service/Maintenance Packs. Service/Maintenance Packs and information about them can be found at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/products/ias/bea_main.html

Note: Information about securing WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express can be found at http://edocs.bea.com/wls/docs103/security.html. Specific lockdown information is provided at http://e-docs.bea.com/wls/docs103/lockdown/index.html. We strongly encourage you to review this documentation to ensure your server deployment is securely configured.

As a policy, if there are any security-related issues with any Oracle product, Oracle will distribute an advisory and instructions with the appropriate course of action. Because the security of your site, data, and code is our highest priority, we are committed to communicating all security-related issues clearly and openly.

All previous advisories can be viewed at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/wls-security.

Additional users who wish to register for product advisory distribution should follow the registration directions at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/alerts.htm.

Security issues can be reported to Oracle by following the directions at: http://www.oracle.com/technology/deploy/security/alerts.htm.

Thank you,
Oracle Corporation