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Security Bulletin: TADDM Apache Xerces-J XML parser Denial of Service attack.

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The Apache Xerces-J XML parser is vulnerable to a denial of service attack, triggered by malformed XML data, that can affect the security of IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager.


CVEID: CVE-2013-4002 (CVSS 7.1)
The Apache Xerces-J XML parser is vulnerable to a denial of service attack, triggered by malformed XML data. The malformed data causes the XML parser to consume CPU resource for several minutes before the data is eventually rejected. This behavior can be used to launch a denial of service attack against any Java server application which processes XML data supplied by remote users. The same technique can be used to consume CPU resources on client deployments of Java.
The IBM Java SDK ships a variant of the Apache Xerces-J XML parser (XML4J) which has the same vulnerability. The vulnerability applies to all versions of the IBM Java SDK.

CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score:
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

TADDM (eFix for that issue is included in TADDM


Fix* VRMF APAR How to acquire fix None Download EFix
Please get familiar with eFix readme in etc/<efix_name>_readme.txt


The only solution is to upgrade the TADDM environment with patched Apache Xerces-J XML parser library that prevent DoS attack from occurred.
EFix is prepared to be installed only on top of TADDM
Be aware that eFix for that issue is included in TADDM (7.2.2 FixPack 1).
If you need EFix for other TADDM version, please contact IBM Support.

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20 December 2013: 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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Document information

More support for: Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager

Software version: 7.2.2

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1653371

Modified date: 23 August 2017