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Security Advisory – Oracle Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server Stored XSS Vulnerability


Sense of Security – Security Advisory – SOS-11-009

Release Date. 19-Jul-2011
Last Update.
Vendor Notification Date. 23-Mar-2011
Product. Oracle Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server
Platform. Java EE
Affected versions. 2.1.1 ((v2.1 Patch06)(9.1_02 Patch12)) (build b31g-fcs) verified and possibly others.
Severity Rating. Medium
Impact. Cookie/credential theft
  Loss of confidentiality
  Client-side code execution
  Denial of Service
Attack Vector. Remote without authentication
Solution Status. Vendor Patch
CVE reference. CVE-2011-2260
Oracle Bug ID. 7030596



GlassFish is an open source application server project led by Sun Microsystems for the Java EE platform. The proprietary version is called Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server. GlassFish supports all Java EE API  specifications, such as JDBC, RMI, e-mail, JMS, web services, XML, etc, and defines how to coordinate them.



The log viewer fails to securely output encode logged values. As a result, an unauthenticated attacker can trigger the application to log a malicious string by entering the values into the username field. This will cause the application to log the incorrect login attempt and results in a stored XSS vulnerability. When an administrator logs into the application and views the log, the malicious code will be executed in the client browser. As an example, navigate to:

Enter the below into the login field:


When the user views the “Search Log Files” page, the above client-side code will be executed in the client browser. The offending script is



By modifying the windowTitle or helpFile variables of


it is possible to trigger a reflected XSS vulnerability. An example is shown below:






Apply the vendor patch.


Discovered by.

Sense of Security Labs.