Published:2013/01/25  Last Updated:2013/01/25

WebSphere Application Server (WAS) vulnerable to cross-site scripting


WebSphere Application Server (WAS) provided by IBM contains a cross-site scripting vulnerability.

Products Affected

  • WebSphere Application Server versions prior to
  • WebSphere Application Server versions prior to


WebSphere Application Server (WAS) provided by IBM contains a vulnerability in SnoopServlet, which may result in a cross-site scripting.


An arbitrary script may be executed on the user's web browser.


Apply a patch
Apply the patch according to the information provided by the developer.

According to the developer, this issue was resolved for WAS and WAS in 2007.
WAS is no longer supported, and the End of Support for WAS is scheduled for September 30, 2013.


JPCERT/CC Addendum

This JVN publication was delayed to 2013/01/25 after the developer fix was developed. From the fiscal year 2011, JPCERT/CC is using a new vendor coordination procedure. This new procedure came from the recommendation of the fiscal year 2010 "Study Group on Information System Vulnerability Handling" aimed at more timely JVN publications.

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2013.01.25

Measures Conditions Severity
Access Required can be attacked over the Internet using packets
  • High
Authentication anonymous or no authentication (IP addresses do not count)
  • High
User Interaction Required the user must be convinced to take a standard action that does not feel harmful to most users, such as click on a link or view a file
  • Mid
Exploit Complexity little to no expertise and/or luck required to exploit (cross-side scripting).Expected to be the common response
  • High

Description of each analysis measures


Eiji James Yoshida of Security Professionals Network 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
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2013-000004