000032187 - RSA Authentication Manager 8.x impact due to the Struts 2 vulnerabilities CVE-2015-2992 and CVE-2015-5169 - False Posifive

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Article Number000032187
Applies To
RSA Product Set:  SecurID
RSA Product/Service Type:  Authentication Manager 
RSA Version/Condition:  8.x
Platform:  SuSE Linux
O/S Version:  11
CVE IDCVE-2015-2992, CVE-2015-5169
Article SummaryNot identified by scans at the current time.  This is the answer to a question about a vulnerability CVE-2015-2992 in Struts 2 and its impact on Authentication Manager 8.x.  A second CVE was given to the same issue when specifically associated with Struts 2 debug mode.  While the second issue was not part of the question from customer support, the notice from Apache considers these together and so both are mentioned here.

A customer has noticed the announcement by Apache that Struts 2.0.0 - is vulnerable to CVE-2015-2992 and has asked whether AM is vulnerable to this issue.
The following is the description from Apache:





Arbitrary script can be executed when JSP files are exposed to be accessed directly or through the debug interface. Affected versions are Struts 2.0.0 -
External reference:


Apache addresses both issues together -
*CVE-2015-2992* - is the issue associated with exposed JSP
*CVE-2015-5169* - is the same but associated with debug mode



Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability in Debug Mode and in exposed JSP files

*Impact of vulnerability*
Effects of a cross-site scripting vulnerability when debug mode is switched on or JSPs are exposed in production environment.

*Maximum security rating*

Turn off debug mode in production environment, apply tips from Security guideline to secure JSPs. An upgrade to Struts 2.3.20 is recommended.

*Affected Software*
Struts 2.0.0 - Struts Struts

Takayoshi Isayama, Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions, Inc. (vulnerability with JSPs)
anonymous (vulnerability with devMode)

*CVE Identifier*

When the Struts2 debug mode is turned on, under certain conditions an arbitrary script may be executed in the 'Problem Report' screen. Also if JSP files are exposed to be accessed directly it's possible to execute an arbitrary script.



Link to Advisorieshttps://struts.apache.org/docs/s2-025.html
Alert ImpactNot Applicable
Technical DetailsFalse positive
Technical Details ExplanationAuthentication Manager 8.x does not use a version of Struts which is vulnerable to this issue. In addition, even if Struts 1 was vulnerable to the Struts 2 issue:
  • Authentication Manager 8.1 has filters in place to prevent access to the raw Struts data (jsp files); and
  • Our version of Struts has no support for the vulnerable debug mode.



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