Nessus vulnerable to cross-site scripting


Nessus contains a stored cross-site scripting (CWE-79) vulnerability in handling .nessus files.

Noriaki Iwasaki of Cyber Defense Institute, Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the developer under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.
CVSS Severity (What is CVSS?)

CVSS V3 Severity:
Base Metrics 5.2 (Medium) [IPA Score]
  • Attack Vector: Adjacent Network
  • Attack Complexity: Low
  • Privileges Required: None
  • User Interaction: Required
  • Scope: Changed
  • Confidentiality Impact: Low
  • Integrity Impact: Low
  • Availability Impact: None
CVSS V2 Severity:
Base Metrics 4.3 (Medium) [IPA Score]
  • Access Vector: Network
  • Access Complexity: Medium
  • Authentication: None
  • Confidentiality Impact: None
  • Integrity Impact: Partial
  • Availability Impact: None
Affected Products

Tenable Network Security
  • Nessus prior to version 6.9


Arbitrary JavaScript may be executed on the user's web browser.

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Vendor Information

Tenable Network Security
CWE (What is CWE?)

  1. Cross-site Scripting(CWE-79) [IPA Evaluation]
CVE (What is CVE?)

  1. CVE-2016-9260

  1. JVN : JVN#12796388
  2. National Vulnerability Database (NVD) : CVE-2016-9260
Revision History

  • [2017/01/24]
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