IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.1.0.x <= / 7.0.0.x < / 8.0.0.x < / 8.5.x < XXE (CVE-2015-0254)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 142141


The remote web application server is affected by an XML external entity injection vulnerability


The IBM WebSphere Application Server running on the remote host is version 6.1.x through, 7.0.0.x prior to, 8.0.0.x prior to, or 8.5.0.x prior to It is, therefore, affected by an XML external entity injection vulnerability in the Apache Standard Taglibs subcomponent due to an incorrectly configured XML parser accepting XML external entities from an untrusted source. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via specially crafted XML data, to execute arbitrary code on the system.

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to IBM WebSphere Application Server,,, or later. Alternatively, upgrade to the minimal fix pack levels required by the interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PI56811.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 142141

File Name: websphere_544293.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: combined

Agent: windows, macosx, unix

Family: Web Servers

Published: 10/30/2020

Updated: 11/30/2020

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2015-0254


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:ibm:websphere_application_server

Required KB Items: installed_sw/IBM WebSphere Application Server

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 6/9/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/9/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-0254