IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0.0.x/8.0.0.x Selfcare Portlet Trace File credentials management

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A vulnerability was found in IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0.0.x/8.0.0.x (Application Server Software). It has been classified as problematic. This affects an unknown function of the component Selfcare Portlet. The manipulation as part of a Trace File leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-255. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality. The summary by CVE is:

IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0.0.x and 8.0.0.x write passwords to a trace file when tracing is enabled for the Selfcare Portlet (Profile Management), which allows local users to obtain sensitive information by reading the file. IBM X-Force ID: 83621.

The bug was discovered 06/26/2013. The weakness was disclosed 07/11/2018 (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2013-2951 since 04/12/2013. An attack has to be approached locally. The successful exploitation requires a authentication. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 03/04/2020).

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1841 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.5
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.5

VulDB Base Score: 3.3
VulDB Temp Score: 3.3
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NVD Base Score: 7.8
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-255
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Recommended: no mitigation known
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04/12/2013 🔍
06/26/2013 +75 days 🔍
07/11/2018 +1840 days 🔍
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07/12/2018 +1 days 🔍
03/04/2020 +601 days 🔍



Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2013-2951 (🔍)


Created: 07/12/2018 09:48 AM
Updated: 03/04/2020 08:47 AM
Changes: (1) vulnerability_discoverydate
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