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Security Bulletin: Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Potential security exposure with IBM WebSphere Application Server APAR PM44303 (CVE-2012-3325)

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If you have installed an interim fix for PM44303, Websphere Application Server Fixpack 21 or Fixpack 23 which includes APAR PM44303, there is the potential for an authenticated user to gain access to unauthorized resources.



The Tivoli Federated Identity Manager uses Websphere Application Server to provide Administrative services as a Websphere Enterprise Application.

If you have installed an Interim Fix for Websphere Application Server APAR PM44303, Websphere Application Server Fixpack 21 or Fixpack 23 which includes APAR PM44303 , you have the potential for an authenticated user on the network to bypass security restrictions, caused by an error when validating user credentials. This access requires a medium level of complexity. This could allow a user to gain unauthorized administrative access to an application and potentially gain access to confidential and critical customer data.

This could allow the user to modify the configuration of the TFIM server causing the server to work incorrectly. The user could also stop or uninstall the TFIM Admin console causing a denial of service for the TFIM clients. Lastly the user could modify the TFIM Administrator password allowing access to the TFIM Admin console and TFIM information.

CVEID: CVE-2012-3325
CVSS Base Score: 6.0
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score

Affected Versions:
TFIM 6.1.1, 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2


1. Determine the WAS server version which is available on the Integrated Systems Console Welcome page.
2. If an affected version is present, apply the updated fix identified below or upgrade to WAS version or higher as soon as possible

Affected Fix VRMF APAR How to acquire updated fix
WAS Interim Fix PM71296
WAS Interim Fix PM71296



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*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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Security Tivoli Federated Identity Manager Business Gateway AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS 6.1.1, 6.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Federated Identity Manager

Software version: 6.1.1, 6.2, 6.2.1, 6.2.2

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 1620517

Modified date: 04 January 2013

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