PT-2011-18: Cross-Site Scripting in Arbor Peakflow X

Vulnerable software

Arbor Peakflow X
Version: 4.2.3 and earlier


Severity level

Severity level: Medium
Impact: Cross-Site Scripting
Access Vector: Remote

CVSS v2:
Base Score: 4.3
Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

CVE: CVE-2011-4636

Software description

The Arbor Networks Peakflow X solution (“Peakflow X”) was purpose-built to meet the demands of the largest enterprises, addressing a wide range of external and internal security threats while maintaining business continuity. It constructs a system-wide view of the entire network, auto-learning host behaviors to determine who talks to whom, and how.

Vulnerability description

The specialists of the Positive Research center have detected a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in Arbor Peakflow X.

XSS-vulnerable parameters are found on several web pages. The following parameters are vulnerable due to insufficient character escaping:

a. /explore/entityinfo/ (mode_state parameter):

How to fix

Update your software up to the latest version

Advisory status

01.07.2011 - Vendor is notified
19.07.2011 - Vendor gets vulnerability details
02.03.2012 - Vendor releases fixed version and details
31.10.2013 - Public disclosure


The vulnerability was detected by Maxim Tsoy, Positive Research Center (Positive Technologies Company)


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