Vulnerability found:
12 September 2006

Vendor informed:
18 May 2007

Severity level:

Jan Fry and Adrian Pastor of ProCheckUp Ltd ( ProCheckUp thanks BEA Systems for their co-operation.

BEA Plumtree Foundation portal 6.0 and BEA AquaLogic Interaction 6.1 are vulnerable to a XSS vulnerability affecting the 'name' parameter which is submitted to the '/portal/' server-side script.


Scripting code can be run within the security context of the target site. User accounts can be hijacked. Advanced phishing attacks can be launched.


This vulnerability could be considered a medium-high risk (rather than medium risk) in cases in which admin users are targeted, resulting in the attacker gaining administrative privileges on the target Plumtree/AquaLogic Portal.

Successfully tested on

BEA Plumtree Foundation

BEA Systems have confirmed the following versions to be affected:

BEA Plumtree Foundation 6.0 through service pack 1.
BEA AquaLogic Interaction 6.1 through service pack 1.

BEA Plumtree 5.0J.173033, 5.02, 5.03 and 5.4 are not affected by this issue.



Proof of concept:
The following requests launches a JavaScript alert box on the user's web browser, simply to prove that is possible to run scripting code on the victim's web browser.

Please note that '%22;}%3C/script%3E' is added at the beginning of every payload in order to make the overall HTML document syntactically correct, thus increasing the chance of the attack working on different web browser types



The following requests allow session hijacking through cookie theft:



The following requests allow password theft by redirecting to a third-party 'spoof' site which would perform a phishing attack on the victim:



HTML injection through this XSS vulnerability is also possible. This allows advanced phishing attacks by inserting a HTML form within the context of the victim website.

How to fix:
this issue will be addressed in the 6.5 release of AquaLogic Interaction.


BEA's BEA08-186.00 advisory:

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