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Security Bulletin: FileNet Workplace can be affected by the Open Redirection Vulnerability (CVE-2016-3047)

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FileNet Workplace is susceptible to the Open Redirection Vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

Relevant CVE Information:
CVEID: CVE-2016-3047
IBM FileNet Workplace could allow a remote attacker to conduct phishing attacks, using an open redirect attack. By persuading a victim to visit a specially-crafted Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to spoof the URL displayed to redirect a user to a malicious Web site that would appear to be trusted. This could allow the attacker to obtain highly sensitive information or conduct further attacks against the victim.
CVSS Base Score: 6.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:N/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

FileNet Workplace 4.0.2


Refer to the Workarounds and Mitigations section below.

Workarounds and Mitigations

First, upgrade to Workplace IF001 (
Then, to avoid the Open Redirection vulnerability, ensure that only the Workplace Baseline URL is used to access pages.
This is configured in the securityFilter.xml file, generally located in the install path under the Workplace/WEB-INF directory.
List all applicable Workplace Baseline URLs in the urlWhitelist section.
You may specify SSL and/or non-SSL URLs in the following format:

Workplace Baseline URLs that are not included in the urlWhitelist section will be filtered out and not used.

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This vulnerability was reported to IBM by Roshan Thomas at

Change History

22 July 2016: Original version published
4 October 2016: Updated links

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Document Information

Modified date:
17 June 2018