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Technical Article   Bug:  NIM092820: Mobile Content Server has a cross-site scripting vulnerability

Article ID: 41468
Bug Id: NIM092820
Software:  ArcGIS for Server 10.1, 10.2
Platforms:  Windows Server 2003, Server 2012, Server 2008 R2 RHEL 5, 6


The Mobile Content Server in ArcGIS for Server has cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in versions 10.1 SP1 and 10.2.

NIM092820 is a persistent cross-site scripting vulnerability in ArcGIS for Server 10.1 and 10.2. The vulnerability is behind authenticated pages.

CVE Reference

CVE-2013-5222 Various XSS Vulnerabilities
Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:N Base Score 3.5
This vulnerability may be viewed as a standard entry in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list.

Esri thanks the following for working with us to protect customers:

• Roberto Suggi Liverani of NCIA-NCIRC for reporting this vulnerability


Improper validation of user-supplied content.


Esri has released two security patches that address the Mobile Content Server issue and other security vulnerabilities that affect ArcGIS 10.1 SP1 for Server and ArcGIS 10.2 for Server. Esri recommends that customers download and apply the appropriate patch.

ArcGIS 10.1 SP1 for Server Security (September 2013) Patch

ArcGIS 10.2 for Server Security (September 2013) Patch

For those that cannot apply these security patches, the Mobile Content Server can be removed from the product. The Mobile Content Server is not commonly used.

  1. Navigate to the ArcGIS Install Directory.
  2. Navigate to framework/runtime/tomcat/webapps.
  3. Delete the folder arcgis#mobile.

Related Information

Created: 8/2/2013
Last Modified: 9/17/2013

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By hiker4k - 08/09/2013 7:14 AM

I would like to see a new article that discusses the topic outlined below.

The Mobile Content Server may not be commonly used, but some of us *are* using it and can't jump right to 10.2. Neither of these solutions is acceptable. Are you discontinuing support for MCS 10.1 just a week after 10.2 is released?