Security Advisory: CA CleverPath SQL Injection

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2007-04-25T00:00:00



The CA Clever Path Portal is a customizable portal for aggregation and integration of data and applications. It is integrated into multiple CA products including various Unicenter components. The CA CleverPath utilizes a back end Database for storing data and allows usage of either built in or external Database.


After identifying in CleverPath an irregular behavior when modifying query parameters in the search mechanism, Hacktics has conducted a research of identifying an SQL Injection vulnerability in the implementation of the search query construction.

The Finding

By modifying certain parameters in the execute search URL, it was possible to cause the application to send to the database queries that are different than those originally intended by the search engine, and as a result retrieving the entire database contents according to the application user permissions scheme in the database.

Note: Due to the diversity of possible Database implementations for CleverPath, the actual level of possible exploitation may vary between different systems.

Exploit Details

Due to the complexity of the required syntax, the identified SQL injection does not allow for trivial exploitation such as UNION SELECT. However, data can be still retrieved using Binary Search techniques.

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Affected Systems

Multiple CA products and 3rd party products utilizing the CleverPath Portal.


CA Has been notified of this vulnerability on Januarty 18th, and is releasing a patch together with the publication of the vulnerability.

Irene Abezgauz Senior Consultant & Account Manager Hacktics Ltd. Mobile: +972-54-6545405 Web: