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Security Bulletin: IBM Forms Server vulnerability identified in Webform Server (CVE-2016-0223)

Security Bulletin


IBM Forms Server's Webform Framework API is vulnerable to cross-site scripting when a specifically-crafted URL is used within the web browser.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0223

DESCRIPTION: IBM Forms Server is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim's web browser within the security context of the hosting web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.

CVSS Base Score: 4.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Forms Server 4.0.*
IBM Forms Server 8.0.*
IBM Forms Server 8.1
IBM Forms Server 8.2



VRMF APAR Remediation
IBM Forms Server 8.0.0.*LO88090 Download LO88090 and apply to the files specified in the included instructions.
IBM Forms Server 8.0.1.*LO88090
IBM Forms Server 8.1.*LO88090 Download LO88090 and apply to the files specified in the included instructions.
IBM Forms Server 8.2.*LO88090 Download LO88090 and apply to the files specified in the included instructions.

Note: Before installing this update, you must first install the WebSphere Application Server fix for APAR PI50993. Installing this update without the fix for WAS will cause IBM Forms Server to fail.

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Change History

22 March 2016 : Original version published

*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