​PTC Codebeamer Application Lifecycle Management severe vulnerability

published: Aug. 29, 2023

Take action: This is not a panic effort. Patching of your Codebeamer is a great idea to be planned, but also push for more awareness to your user base about phishing emails, since the exploit vector is that an authenticated user clicks on a crafted link with XSS code embedded in the link.


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An advisory has been raised about a severe vulnerability within PTC Codebeamer platform. Codebeamer an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool designed for product and software development.

The vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2023-4296 (CVSS3 score 8.8) a cross-site scripting (XSS) issue, exploitable with low attack complexity, potentially allowing an attacker to inject arbitrary JavaScript code into a victim's browser.

An attacker might leverage this vulnerability to deceive an admin user of PTC Codebeamer into clicking on a malicious link, thereby executing arbitrary code within the target device's browser.

The affected products include various versions of PTC Codebeamer, specifically

  • v22.10-SP6 or lower,
  • v22.04-SP2 or lower,
  • v21.09-SP13 or lower.

PTC recommends certain mitigations to safeguard against potential exploitation:

  • For Version 22.10.X: Upgrade to 22.10-SP7 or a newer version.
  • For Version 22.04.X: Upgrade to 22.04-SP3 or a newer version.
  • For Version 21.09.X: Upgrade to 21.09-SP14 or a newer version.

It's crucial for users to be cautious regarding potential social engineering attacks and to refrain from clicking on web links or opening attachments in unsolicited email messages.

​PTC Codebeamer Application Lifecycle Management severe vulnerability