Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability

Summary

Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability in IBM Infosphere BigInsights.
IBM InfoSphere BigInsights is an analytics platform, based on open source Apache Hadoop, for analyzing massive volumes of unconventional data in its native format. The software enables advanced analysis and modeling of diverse data, and supports structured, semi-structured and unstructured content to provide maximum flexibility.
A cross-site scripting vulnerability has been discovered in IBM Infosphere BigInsights. The vulnerability is caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.

Solutions

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

IBM.Infosphere.BigInsights.Customalerts.XSS
Released Jul 08, 2016

Users should apply the solution provided by IBM.

Additional Information

Fortinet reported the vulnerability to IBM on Apr. 27, 2016.

IBM confirmed the vulnerability on Jun. 20, 2016.

IBM patched the vulnerability on Jan. 23, 2017.

Acknowledgement

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

IPS Subscription

Fortinet customers who subscribe to Fortinet's intrusion prevention (IPS) service should be protected against this vulnerability with the appropriate configuration parameters in place. Fortinet's IPS service is one component of FortiGuard Subscription Services, which also offer comprehensive solutions such as antivirus, Web content filtering and antispam capabilities. These services enable protection against threats on both application and network layers. FortiGuard Services are continuously updated by FortiGuard Labs, which enables Fortinet to deliver a combination of multi-layered security intelligence and true zero-day protection from new and emerging threats. These updates are delivered to all FortiGate, FortiMail and FortiClient products. Fortinet strictly follows responsible disclosure guidelines to ensure optimum protection during a threat's lifecycle.