IBM WebSphere MQ Security Vulnerability: potential denial of service attack with large messages
IBM WebSphere MQ Security Vulnerability: There is the potential for an application to put a sequence of large (> 1Mb) messages to a queue and indirectly cause a buffer overwrite in a queue manager agent.
CVE ID: CVE-2012-4863
There is the potential for an application to put a sequence of large (> 1Mb) messages to a queue and indirectly cause a buffer overwrite in a queue manager agent. In some circumstances this type of overwrite could cause the queue manager to abend, thereby causing a denial of service.
The vulnerability relies on a second application using 'asynchronous consume' to retrieve the large messages in order, either directly in the application (for example using the MQCB and MQCTL verbs) or indirectly by using 'queue read ahead' in a client application.
CVSS Base Score: 4
CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/79920 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:P)
*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 MQ 7.1 server on all distributed platforms
- IBM WebSphere MQ 7.5 server on all distributed platforms
The recommended solution is to apply the fix for each named product as soon as practical. Please see below for information on the fixes available.
IBM WebSphere MQ 7.1
Apply fix pack 220.127.116.11.
IBM WebSphere MQ 7.5
Apply fix pack 18.104.22.168 when available. In the interim apply APAR IC82908.
None known; apply fixes.
Complete CVSS Guide ( http://www.first.org/cvss/cvss-guide.html)
On-line Calculator V2 ( http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?calculator&adv&version=2)
X-Force Vulnerability Database ( http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/79920)
CVE-2012-4863 ( http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4863)
The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Secunia ApS.
26th November 2012: Original Copy Published.
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More support for:
Software version: 7.1, 7.5
Operating system(s): AIX, HP Itanium, HP-UX, Linux, Linux Red Hat - i/p Series, Linux Red Hat - xSeries, Linux Red Hat - zSeries, Linux SUSE - xSeries, Linux SUSE - zSeries, Linux SuSE - i/p Series, Linux iSeries, Linux on Power, OS/400, Solaris, UNIX, Windows, i5/OS, iSeries
Software edition: All Editions
Reference #: 1617837
Modified date: 2012-11-23