Security Advisories and Notifications

Subject: Security Advisory (BEA07-166.00)

From: Oracle Corporation

Minor Subject: Cross-site scripting attacks in the WebLogic Portal Groupspace application

Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Portal

Threat level: Low

Only a WebLogic Portal environment using the GroupSpace application is susceptible

Severity: Medium

An authenticated portal user could cause a cross-site scripting attack on an another user's environment

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Portal. An upgrade is 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:

  1. I. Read the following advisory.
  2. II. Apply the suggested action.
  3. 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

Rich text content in the WebLogic GroupSpace application is susceptible to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. Because rich text content in GroupSpace is actually HTML, it is possible for an authenticated user to add JavaScript code that will execute in other users' environment (e.g., browser) when the HTML is rendered. It is possible that the JavaScript could contain malicious code.

This advisory gives administrators a way to prevent this vulnerability by providing a configurable option to turn off the rich text editor and use a plain text editor instead.

Impact and CVSS Ratings:

  1. CVSS Severity Score: 3.4 (Low)
  2. Attack Range (AV): Remote
  3. Attack Complexity (AC): High
  4. Authentication Level (Au): Required
  5. Impact Type: Potential execution of arbitrary code on another user's environment partial confidentiality, integrity and availability violation
  6. Vulnerability Type: Tampering, cross-site scripting
  7. CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:R/AC:H/Au:R/C:P/I:P/A:P/B:N)

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The following versions of WebLogic Portal are affected by this vulnerability

  • WebLogic Portal 9.2 installations using the GroupSpace application are affected. This applies to all platform versions of WebLogic Portal 9.2 GA.


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

WebLogic Portal 9.2 GA

  • Upgrade to WebLogic Portal 9.2 Maintenance Pack 1


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.

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Thank you,

Oracle Corporation