Security Advisories and Notifications

Subject: Security Advisory (BEA08-189.00)
From: Oracle Corporation
Minor Subject: Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in Web applications using either WebLogic Workshop NetUI or Apache Beehive NetUI page flows
Product(s) Affected: WebLogic Workshop, BEA Workshop for WebLogic

Threat level: High
Although this requires careful orchestration, this method of attack has been publicly documented.

Severity: High
An attacker may be able to gain the enhanced privileges of clients of a particular web site.

A problem was identified that could potentially cause a security vulnerability in certain versions of WebLogic Workshop and BEA Workshop for WebLogic. Patches and upgrades 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. An XSS vulnerability requires three parties:

  1. A susceptible Web site.
  2. A valid user of the Web site.
  3. 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.

Applications implemented using the WebLogic Workshop or Apache Beehive NetUI framework with page flows may be vulnerable to XSS via a framework defined request parameter.

This advisory resolves this issue within the NetUI framework by sanitizing request parameters.

Impact and CVSS Ratings:

CVSS Severity Score: 6.8 (Medium)
Attack Range (AV): Network
Attack Complexity (AC): Medium
Authentication Level (Au): None
Impact Type: Partial confidentiality, integrity and availability violation
Vulnerability Type: Elevation of Privilege
CVSS Base Score Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Complete CVSS Guide:
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The following versions of WebLogic Workshop and BEA Workshop for WebLogic are affected by this vulnerability

  • BEA Workshop for WebLogic 10.0, on all platforms
  • BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.2 released through Maintenance Pack 1, on all platforms
  • BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.1, on all platforms
  • BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.0, on all platforms
  • WebLogic Workshop 8.1 released through Service Pack 6, on all platforms


Oracle strongly recommends the following course of actions.

BEA Workshop for WebLogic 10.0
Upgrade to BEA Workshop for WebLogic 10.0 Maintenance Pack 1.

BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.0, 9.1, and 9.2
Upgrade to BEA Workshop for WebLogic 9.2 Maintenance Pack 2.

WebLogic Workshop 8.1

  1. Upgrade to WebLogic Workshop 8.1 Service Pack 6.
  2. Download and apply the patch #7824987 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 file inside the zip file.


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:

Note: Information about securing WebLogic Server and WebLogic Express can be found at Specific lockdown information is provided at 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.

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Thank you,
Oracle Corporation