Security Bulletin: IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway OpenID: signature validation not applied to all attributes (CVE-2012-6359)

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An OpenID message can be modified to contain unsigned attributes that will be accepted by a relying party because Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway (TFIMBG) does not check that all attributes have been signed.


CVE: CVE-2012-6359

An OpenID identity provider can send attributes about a user to a relying party via the "simple registration extension" (SREG) or "attribute exchange extension" (AX). The response from the OpenID provider to the relying party is transmitted via a browser redirect. The response also contains an attribute
called "openid.signed" which outlines which parameters in the response are signed by the OpenID provider.

When TFIMBG receives an OpenID attribute via SREG or AX it does not check to determine if the attribute is signed. It could therefore be possible for an attacker either acting as a man-in-the-middle or at the browser to insert unsigned attributes which were not sent by the OpenID provider and have the relying party accept them. The attack does not require local network access nor does it require authentication, but specialized knowledge and techniques are required. An exploit will not impact accessibility of system resources or the confidentiality of information, but the integrity of some of the data used in the OpenID exchange could be compromised. The consequence of this compromise is dependent on the nature and use of the OpenID attributes by the consuming applications.

CVSS Base Score:4.3
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)
CVSS Details:

 Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway versions 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2


Vendor Fixes: Patches and installation instructions are provided at the URLs listed below.

Fix Build APAR Download URL
6.2.0-TIV-TFIMBG-IF0011 IV23453
6.2.1-TIV-TFIMBG-IF0003 IV23452
6.2.2-TIV-TFIM-FP0002 IV23451



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Document information

More support for:

Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway

Software version:

6.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

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