XXE attack in HPE Fortify Software Security Center

Published: 2018-07-13
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2018-12463
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Fortify Software Security Center
Server applications / IDS/IPS systems, Firewalls and proxy servers

Vendor Micro Focus

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) XXE attack

EUVDB-ID: #VU13866

Risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 6.6 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L/E:P/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-12463

CWE-ID: CWE-611 - Improper Restriction of XML External Entity Reference ('XXE')

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to conduct XXE attack on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to an error when handling malicious XML file. A remote attacker can supply specially crafted XML External Entity (XXE) data to the target interface to read files on the target system with the privileges of the target service or conduct cross-site request forgery attacks to take actions on the target interface acting as the target user.


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Vulnerable software versions

Fortify Software Security Center: 16.10 - 17.10

CPE2.3 External links


Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to send a specially crafted request to the affected application in order to exploit this vulnerability.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, proof of concept for this vulnerability is available.