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Security Bulletin: WebSphere Application Server Java API Documentation Frame Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1571)

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Java API Documentation contains a frame injection vulnerability.



CVEID: CVE-2013-1571

DESCRIPTION: HTML documentation generated by the Javadoc tool contains a security vulnerability. The vulnerability allows an attacker to craft a malicious link to the documentation which injects arbitrary content into the main
frame. The injected content appears to originate from the site hosting the documentation, but in fact it is hosted elsewhere, and may contain malicious links or content. This type of attack is known as "clickjacking".

The attack does not require authentication and may be exploited remotely if the html page is network available, but some degree of specialized knowledge and techniques are required. An exploit would not impact the confidentiality of information or the availability of the system, but data integrity could be compromised.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

IBM SDKs for Java shipped with IBM WebSphere Application Server
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Users hosting publicly facing Java API Documentation are strongly encouraged to use Oracle’s Java API Documentation Updater Tool, a repair-in-place tool meant to correct existing documentation.

The Tool is available to all Java users on

Fix: The following Fix Packs will include the update to the JavaDoc tool in the IBM SDK for Java and updates to the javadoc that IBM WebSphere Application Server Ships:

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  • Apply Fix Pack or later

  • For Version through
  • Apply Fix Pack or later

  • For Version through
  • Apply the IBM SDK for Java shipped with WebSphere Application Server Fix pack or later.
  • Apply Fix Pack or later.

  • For Version through
  • Apply the IBM SDK for Java shipped with WebSphere Application Server Fix pack or later.
  • Apply Fix Pack or later.

  • Workaround(s):


    · Complete CVSS Guide
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    · CVE-2013-1571
    · X-Force Vulnerability Database

    IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
    IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog
    Java API Documentation Updater Tool
    WebSphere Application Server Recommended Fixes Page

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    26 June 2013: Original Copy Published
    2 October 2013: updated document - fix is in fix pack

    *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 Flash.

    Note: According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

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    Document Information

    Modified date:
    15 June 2018