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PM96838: Optionally disable port activity checking when a server is created.

Fixes are available

8.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 8
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
8.5.5.2: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 2
7.0.0.33: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 33
8.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 9
8.5.5.3: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 3
7.0.0.35: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 35
8.5.5.4: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 4
8.0.0.10: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 10
7.0.0.37: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 37
8.5.5.5: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 5
8.5.5.6: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 6
8.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 11
8.5.5.7: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 7
7.0.0.39: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 39
8.5.5.8: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 8
8.0.0.12: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 12
8.5.5.9: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 9
7.0.0.41: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 41
8.5.5.10: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 10
8.5.5.11: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 11
8.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 13
7.0.0.43: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 43
8.5.5.12: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 12
8.0.0.14: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 14
8.5.5.13: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 13
7.0.0.45: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 45
8.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 15
7.0.0.45: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP60 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: Java SDK 1.6 SR15 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.35: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.37: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.39: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.41: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP20 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.43: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP41 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
8.5.5.14: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 14
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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • During server creation, WebSphere might attempt to open
    ports to assure they are not in use by other applications.
    This can trigger security warnings in some environments.  A JVM
    argument is added so the port check can be disabled.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server V7.0, V8.0, and V8.5                 *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: Opening of ports during server          *
    *                      creation                                *
    *                      is undeseriable in some environments.   *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:  Install a fixpack containing this APAR.     *
    ****************************************************************
    During server creation, WebSphere might attempt to open ports
    to
    assure they are not in use by other applications. This can
    trigger security warnings in some environments.  A JVM argument
    is added so the port check can be disabled.
    

Problem conclusion

  • A generic JVM argument is added to suppress the port activity
    check.
    
    Set -Dcom.ibm.ws.management.suppressPortScan=true on the Dmgr
    to suppress the check.
    
    Note that when this is in effect, ports in use by other
    applications will not be detected and could lead to port
    conflicts.
    
    APAR PM96838 requires changes to documentation.
    
    NOTE: Periodically, we refresh the documentation on our Web
    site, so the changes might have been made before you read this
    text. To access the latest on-line documentation, go to the
    product library page at:
    
    http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/library
    
    The following update to the WebSphere Application Server
    Version 7.0 Information Center will be made available in
    January 2014.
    
    The topic "Java Virtual Machine custom properties" will be
    updated to include the following description of the
    com.ibm.ws.management.suppressPortScan custom property:
    
    com.ibm.ws.management.suppressPortScan
    
    Set this property to a value of true if you need to suppress
    port activity checking by the deployment manager when new
    servers are created. When this property is set to true, the
    deployment manager does not attempt to bind or connect to a
    new port before using that port in a server configuration.
    
    Avoid Trouble: Setting this property to true could lead to
    port conflicts if other applications have active ports.
    
    The default value is false.
    
    This property is set at the deployment manager level.
    
    APAR PM96838 is currently targeted for inclusion in WebSphere
    Application Server Fix Packs 7.0.0.31, 8.0.0.8, and 8.5.5.2
    of WebSphere Application Server.
    
    Please refer to URL:
    //www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=404&uid=swg27006970
    for Fix Pack availability.
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PM96838

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPHERE FOR Z

  • Reported component ID

    5655I3500

  • Reported release

    700

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2013-09-11

  • Closed date

    2013-10-10

  • Last modified date

    2014-02-05

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBSPHERE FOR Z

  • Fixed component ID

    5655I3500

Applicable component levels

  • R700 PSY UI13725

       UP14/01/11 P F401

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Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server for z/OS
General

Software version: 7.0

Reference #: PM96838

Modified date: 05 February 2014