CA AWI 12.0 / 12.1 / 12.2 Cross Site Scripting

CA Automic Workload Automation Web Interface versions 12.0, 12.1, and 12.2 suffer from cross site scripting vulnerabilities.

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SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Security Advisory < 20190124-0 >
title: Cross-site scripting
product: CA Automic Workload Automation Web Interface (AWI)
(formerly Automic Automation Engine, UC4)
vulnerable version: 12.0, 12.1, 12.2
fixed version: 12.0.6 HF2, 12.1.3 HF3, 12.2.1 HF1
CVE number: CVE-2019-6504
impact: medium
found: 2018-10-15
by: Marc Nimmerrichter (Office Vienna)
SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab

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Vendor description:
"The modern enterprise needs to orchestrate a complex, diverse landscape of
applications, platforms and technologies. Workload automation can prove a
critical differentiator, but only if it provides intelligent automation driven
by data analytics.
CA Automic Workload Automation gives you the agility, speed, visibility and
scalability needed to respond to the constantly changing technology landscape.
It centrally manages and automates the execution of business processes
end-to-end; across mainframe, cloud and hybrid environments in a way that never
stopsaeven when doing an upgrade to the next version."


Business recommendation:
Be aware that restrictions on privileges can be bypassed and that attackers may
be able to take over other users' accounts. SEC Consult recommends to apply the
vendor patch as soon as possible.

Vulnerability overview/description:
The Automation Engine Web Interface, short AWI, is susceptible to a
persistent cross-site scripting attack (XSS). The origin of this vulnerability
is in an outdated version of the Vaadin framework (version 7.7.9), which is
heavily used in the implementation of the UI. This version of the Vaadin
framework is vulnerable to an XSS vulnerability in tooltips [1]. If attackers
can control the content of tooltips created with the framework, they can execute
arbitrary JavaScript code in the context of the user viewing the tooltip. AWI
uses tooltips for various data-fields, e.g. for the title of objects created.
Thus, if a user has the privilege to create or edit objects, they can inject
JavaScript code, which will get executed by other users if they move their
cursor over the text containing the tooltip.


Proof of concept:
The vulnerability can be reproduced by creating/editing any object in AWI and
using a normal JavaScript payload, e.g. with an onerror handler.

Because tooltips are only shown in AWI when the text length exceeds the column
width, the text needs to be padded with some sample-text to make sure the
JavaScript code gets executed.

Vulnerable / tested versions:
The tested version of AWI was 12.2.0.

Vendor contact timeline:
2018-10-18: SEC Consult contacts vendor through [email protected] via encrypted email.
2018-10-25: Vendor confirms the receipt of the vulnerability information.
2018-11-22: Vendor confirms the vulnerability and asks for postponement of
advisory release date.
2018-12-11: Vendor provides planned patch numbers.
2018-01-17: Vendor informs SEC Consult that patches have been published.
2019-01-18: CA Technologies and SEC Consult define January 24th 2019 as release
date for SEC Consult advisory and CA Technologies Security Notice.
2019-01-24: Public release of security advisory

The vendor provides patched versions:

Automic.Web.Interface 12.0.6 HF2
Automic.Web.Interface 12.1.3 HF3
Automic.Web.Interface 12.2.1 HF1

Available from:

The vendor released a security advisory which is available here:


Advisory URL:


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