Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers IBM InfoSphere Data Architect Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in IBM InfoSphere Data Architect.
IBM InfoSphere Data Architect is a collaborative data design solution. It enables users to discover, model, relate, standardize and integrate diverse and distributed data assets throughout their enterprise. It includes support for column-organized tables and can offer a better understanding of current data assets to help increase efficiency and reduce time to market.
A reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability has been discovered in InfoSphere Data Architect. This vulnerability is caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. Victims just need to click a specially-crafted URL to execute injected script code in his/her Web browser within the security context of the hosting website. Attackers could exploit this vulnerability to steal the victims' cookie-based authentication credentials, redirect the victims to malicious websites, etc.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Dec 07, 2015

FortiWeb can cover this specific vulnerability with following signatures:
Cross Site Scripting 010000000
Cross Site Scripting (Extended) 020000000

Users should apply the solution provided by IBM.

Additional Information

Authentication is not required to successfully exploit this vulnerability


This vulnerability was discovered by Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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