Active! mail allows SCRIPT tags in the header

activemail-script-tag-header (9358) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Active! mail fails to properly filter HTML tags in mail headers. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by embedding malicious script code using '<SCRIPT>' tags in the header to execute the code once the message is opened.


Gain Privileges


Upgrade to the latest version of Active! mail ( or later), available from the Active! mail Download page. See References.


  • Active! Mail Download page: Active! Mail Download.
  • IBM Security Bulletin 1677336: Netcool/Reporter vulnerable to 4 OpenSSL advisories.
  • SNS Advisory No.54: Active! mail Executing the Script upon the Opening of a Mail Message Vulnerability.
  • BID-5007: TransWare Active Mail HTML Injection Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0950: Cross-site scripting vulnerability in TransWARE Active! mail 1.422 and 2.0 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a certain e-mail header, which is not properly filtered.
  • OSVDB ID: 9235: TransWARE Active! Mail E-mail Header XSS

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM Tivoli Netcool/Reporter 2.2
  • TransWare Active! Mail 1.422
  • TransWare Active! Mail 2.0


Jun 12, 2002

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