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IBM WebSphere Message Broker Security Vulnerability: Using WS-Security may result in a user gaining elevated privileges (CVE-2011-1377 )

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There is a possible security exposure when using WS-Security which may result in a user gaining elevated privileges. This affects message flows using SOAP Nodes with WS-Security and LTPA tokens.



CVE ID: CVE-2011-1377

IBM WebSphere Message Broker Applications could experience weaker than expected security when using web services security (WS-Security). A user could randomly gain elevated privileges on the provider system. WS-Security may assign the identity of a previously processed LTPA token to a new inbound LTPA token after authentication. This impacts message flows using SOAP Nodes with WS-Security and LTPA tokens.

CVSS Base Score: 2.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:H/Au:S/C:N/I:P/A:N)

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Flash.

IBM WebSphere Message Broker V8.0 and V7.0 are affected on all platforms

None known.


For WebSphere Message Broker V7.0 apply fix pack V7.0.0.5

For WebSphere Message Broker V8.0 apply fix pack V8.0.0.2

None known, apply fixes

None known

Complete CVSS Guide (
On-line Calculator V2 (

X-Force Vulnerability Database (
CVE-2011-1377 (

<18/10/2012>: Original Copy Published
<28/10/2012>: Updated to inlcude link to WMB V8.0.0.2

Note: According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Product Alias/Synonym


Document information

More support for: WebSphere Message Broker

Software version: 7.0,,,,, 8.0,

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, HP-UX on Itanium, HP-UX on PA-RISC, Linux, Linux SUSE - pSeries, Linux SUSE - xSeries, Linux SUSE - zSeries, Linux SUSE -zSeries, Linux pSeries, OS/390, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 1612744

Modified date: 2013-08-28