Security Bulletin: IBM SPSS Modeler Premium - Text Analytics SSL Spoofing (CVE-2012-5785)

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Abstract

Last updated on December 11, 2012.

When using the Text Analytics Server from the IBM SPSS Modeler Premium product with the SSL option enabled (default is disabled), then an SSL connection can be established without verifying the hostname of the target connection against the name on the SSL certificate. This could make the connection vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-5785

DESCRIPTION:
When using the Text Analytics Server from the IBM SPSS Modeler Premium product with the SSL option enabled (default is disabled), then an SSL connection can be established without verifying the hostname of the target connection against the name on the SSL certificate. This could make the connection vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.

CVSS:
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/79830 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)


AFFECTED PLATFORMS:

· Versions 14.2 through 15.0 of IBM SPSS Modeler Premium - Text Analytics running on all supported platforms are affected.

REMEDIATION: The recommended solution is to apply the fix as soon as practical. Please see below for information on the fixes available.

Fix:
For IBM SPSS Modeler Premium - Text Analytics:

For version 14.2
- Apply the SPSS Modeler Premium (Text Analytics) 14.2 Interim Fix 7 (14.2-IM-STA142TASC-All-IF007)

For version 15.0
- Apply the SPSS Modeler Premium (Text Analytics) 15.0 Fix Pack 1 or later fix pack

Workaround:
None known; apply fixes.

Mitigation:
· None known

REFERENCES:

· Complete CVSS Guide
· On-line Calculator V2
· X-Force Vulnerability Database: Apache Axis2/Java SSL spoofing
· CVE-2012-5785

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Martin Georgiev, Suman Jana and Vitaly Shmatikov University of Texas at Austin working on computer and network security

CHANGE HISTORY:

· 11 December 2012: Original copy published

*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.


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More support for:

SPSS Modeler

Software version:

14.2, 15.0

Operating system(s):

Platform Independent

Reference #:

1619427

Modified date:

2012-12-11

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