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Security Bulletin: IBM Forms Experience Builder vulnerable to CSRF when configured with non default settings (CVE-2016-2884)

Security Bulletin


A cross-site request forgery attack is possible when configured with non default settings, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-2884

DESCRIPTION: IBM Forms Experience Builder is vulnerable to cross-site request forgery, when configured with non-default settings, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. By persuading an authenticated user to visit a malicious web site, a remote attacker could send a malformed HTTP request. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to perform cross-site scripting attacks, web cache poisoning, and other malicious activities.

CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.5
IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.5.1
IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.6.x


Applying the following fix will resolve the issue, but can impact any application that uses the Forms Experience Builder REST API (both Data and Application management.)

Product VRMF APAR Remediation
IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.5.0.*LO89686To receive the fix for these versions, contact IBM Support.
IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.5.1.*LO89686
IBM Forms Experience Builder 8.6.*LO89686Download and Install

NOTE: For users with applications that utilize the REST APIs, the ability to temporarily revert the behaviour exists by setting the ibm.nitro.NitroConfig.ProtectSensitiveActions configuration option to false. This is not recommended as it can leave the system open to this vulnerability.

To remediate applications that use the Forms Experience Builder REST API, you must add a randomly generated, difficult to guess single-use numerical value as part of the header. See Table 1 in the Data access REST API and Application management REST API for specific examples.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

1 August 2016 : Original version created.

*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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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018