Published:2015/11/27  Last Updated:2015/11/27

Apache Cordova vulnerable to improper application of whitelist restrictions


Apache Cordova contains a vulnerability where whitelist restrictions are not properly applied.

Products Affected

  • Cordova Android versions 3.7.2 and earlier


Apache Cordova provided by the Apache Software Foundation is a framework for creating mobile applications for various platforms.
Android applications built using Apache Cordova contain a vulnerability where whitelist restrictions are not properly applied.


Accessing a specially crafted URL may result in transitioning to a URL that the whitelist should restrict.


Update Apache Cordova and re-build the Android application
Developers of Android applications should update Apache Cordova and re-build the application.

Vendor Status

Vendor Status Last Update Vendor Notes
The Apache Software Foundation Vulnerable 2015/11/27 The Apache Software Foundation website


JPCERT/CC Addendum

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2015.11.27 (CVSS Base Metrics)

What is CVSS?

Measures Severity Description
Access Vector(AV) Local (L) Adjacent Network (A) Network (N) A vulnerability exploitable with network access means the vulnerable software is bound to the network stack and the attacker does not require local network access or local access. Such a vulnerability is often termed "remotely exploitable".
Access Complexity(AC) High (H) Medium (M) Low (L) The access conditions are somewhat specialized.
Authentication(Au) Multiple (M) Single (S) None (N) Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.
Confidentiality Impact(C) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is no impact to the confidentiality of the system.
Integrity Impact(I) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) Modification of some system files or information is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what can be modified, or the scope of what the attacker can affect is limited.
Availability Impact(A) None (N) Partial (P) Complete (C) There is no impact to the availability of the system.

Base Score:4.3


Muneaki Nishimura of Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the developer under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.

Other Information

JPCERT Reports
CERT Advisory
CPNI Advisory
CVE CVE-2015-5256
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2015-000187