IBM Cognos Business Intelligence extended function XPath injection

cognos-bi-fct-xpath-injection (79116) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) is vulnerable to XPath injection, caused by the improper validation of input prior to using it in a XPath (XML Path Language) query. By injecting arbitrary XPath code, a remote unauthenticated attacker could call any registered XPath extension function.


Base Score: 5
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: None
  Availability Impact: None
Temporal Score: 4.4
  Exploitability: High
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Gain Access


Refer to IBM Security Bulletin 1626697 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.


  • IBM Security Bulletin 1626697: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Cognos BI 8.4.1,10.1, 10.1.1 and 10.2 (CVE-2011-3026, CVE-2011-4858, CVE-2012-0498, CVE-2012-2177, CVE-2012-2193, CVE-2012-4835, CVE-2012-4836, CVE-2012-4837, CVE-2012-4840, CVE-2012-4858, CVE-2012-5081).
  • CVE-2012-4840: IBM Cognos Business Intelligence (BI) 8.4.1 before IF1, 10.1 before IF2, 10.1.1 before IF2, and 10.2 before IF1 allows remote attackers to conduct XPath injection attacks, and call XPath extension functions, via unspecified vectors.

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.1
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.1.1
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.2
  • IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 8.4.1


Feb 27, 2013

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