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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Cordova Android
may affect IBM WebSphere Portal (CVE-2015-5256)
4 May 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM WebSphere Portal
Operating System: AIX
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2015-5256
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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Cordova Android may affect IBM
WebSphere Portal (CVE-2015-5256)
More support for:
AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS
IBM WebSphere Portal provides an integration with IBM MobileFirst. An Apache
Cordova Vulnerability (CVE-2015-5256) for improper application of whitelist
restrictions on Android was addressed by IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation.
Android applications created using Apache Cordova that use a remote server
contain a vulnerability where whitelist restrictions are not properly
applied. Improperly crafted URIs could be used to circumvent the whitelist,
Apache Cordova Android could allow a remote attacker to bypass security
restrictions, caused by the improper application of whitelist restrictions.
An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass intended access
CVSS Base Score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See
for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N)
Affected Products and Versions
IBM WebSphere Portal 8.5 *
* if Integration with IBM MobileFirst is used.
Read Mitigation Section
Workarounds and Mitigations
See the recommendations from Apache Cordova as stated at this Apache Cordova
Excerpt from the Apache Cordova link
"There is no specific software patch for this vulnerability. Developers that
are concerned about this should make sure to only whitelist trusted websites,
and make sure that whitelisted websites dont redirect to a malicious website.
Developers should also use SSL, as well as Content Security Policy(CSP) to
further mitigate this issue.
Its always recommended for developers to upgrade to the latest version of
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portal. IBM suggests reviewing the CVSS scores and applying all security or
integrity fixes as soon as possible to minimize any potential risk.
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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Cordova affects IBM MobileFirst
Platform Foundation (CVE-2015-5256)
2 May 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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Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard
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FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT
OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.
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