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ID

CWE-449: The UI Performs the Wrong Action

Weakness ID: 449
Abstraction: Base
Status: Incomplete
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+ Description

Description Summary

The UI performs the wrong action with respect to the user's request.
+ Time of Introduction
  • Implementation
+ Applicable Platforms

Languages

All

+ Common Consequences
ScopeEffect
Other

Technical Impact: Quality degradation; Varies by context

+ Observed Examples
ReferenceDescription
Network firewall accidentally implements one command line option as if it were another, possibly leading to behavioral infoleak.
Command line option correctly suppresses a user prompt but does not properly disable a feature, although when the product prompts the user, the feature is properly disabled.
Product does not "time out" according to user specification, leaving sensitive data available after it has expired.
+ Potential Mitigations

Phase: Testing

Perform extensive functionality testing of the UI. The UI should behave as specified.

+ Relationships
NatureTypeIDNameView(s) this relationship pertains toView(s)
ChildOfWeakness BaseWeakness Base446UI Discrepancy for Security Feature
Development Concepts (primary)699
Research Concepts (primary)1000
ChildOfCategoryCategory995SFP Secondary Cluster: Feature
Software Fault Pattern (SFP) Clusters (primary)888
+ Taxonomy Mappings
Mapped Taxonomy NameNode IDFitMapped Node Name
PLOVERThe UI performs the wrong action
+ Content History
Submissions
Submission DateSubmitterOrganizationSource
PLOVERExternally Mined
Modifications
Modification DateModifierOrganizationSource
2008-07-01Eric DalciCigitalExternal
updated Potential_Mitigations, Time_of_Introduction
2008-09-08CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships, Taxonomy_Mappings
2011-06-01CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2011-06-27CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Common_Consequences
2012-05-11CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships
2012-10-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Potential_Mitigations
2014-07-30CWE Content TeamMITREInternal
updated Relationships

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