Security Bulletin: Potential SSL/TLS-related denial of service vulnerability in IBM Informix Server (CVE-2013-6329)

Security Bulletin


Summary

Informix Server is impacted by a vulnerability in IBM's GSKIT library which can result in a denial of service caused by an error in SSL/TLS handshake processing related to session resumption when using SSLv2. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the system to crash.

Vulnerability Details

CVE ID: CVE-2013-6329

CVSS:

CVSS Base Score: 7.8

CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/88939 for the current score

CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined

CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

Affected Products

Informix Server 11.50, 11.70 and 12.10

Remediation/Fixes

Product Remediation/First Fix
Informix Server 12.10 Upgrade to 12.10.xC3 or download and install GSKit (see next section)
Informix Server 11.70 Upgrade to 11.70.xC8 or download and install GSKit (see next section)
Informix Server 11.50 Upgrade and install GSKit (see next section)

Upgrading GSKit:

  1. Download the appropriate GSKit using the following table:
    Product Required GSKit version GSKit link
    Informix Server 12.10

    Informix Server 11.70 (all platforms other than HP-UX PA-RISC)
    8.0.50.13 AIX (pSeries_32, pSeries_64)
    HP-UX (Itanium_32, Itanium_64)
    Linux (x86_32, x86_64, pSeries_64, zSeries_32, zSeries_64)
    Solaris (SPARC_32, SPARC_64, x86_32, x86_64)
    Windows (x86_32, x86_64)
    Informix Server 11.70 (HP-UX PA-RISC platforms only) 7.0.4.47 HP-UX (PA-RISC_32, PA-RISC_64)
    Informix Server 11.50 7.0.4.47 AIX (pSeries_32, pSeries_64)
    HP-UX (Itanium_32, Itanium_64, PA-RISC_32, PA-RISC_64)
    Linux (x86_32, x86_64, pSeries_64, zSeries_32, zSeries_64)
    Solaris (SPARC_32, SPARC_64, x86_32, x86_64)
    Windows (x86_32, x86_64)
  2. Unix/Linux instructions:
    1. Copy the downloaded tar file(s) to $INFORMIXDIR/gskit. Note: the old gskit .tar files must be removed or renamed to not end in .tar.
    2. Bring the database server offline. (e.g. onmode -ky).
    3. Change to the GSKit directory (cd $INFORMIXDIR/gskit).
    4. As root, run "./installgskit".
    5. To verify the installation, run the appropriate command (i.e. gsk7ver, gsk7ver_64, gsk8ver or gsk8ver_64) for the GSKit you installed. The new version should be 7.0.4.47 or 8.0.50.13.
  3. Windows GSkit version 7 x86_32 instructions:
    1. Copy/download the gsk7d_7.0.4.47_win32.exe file to C:\tmp.
    2. Start the 'cmd' program.
    3. Change to the C:\temp directory (cd c:\tmp).
    4. Run "gsk7d_7.0.4.47_win32.exe /D tmp". This will extract the files to the C:\tmp\tmp directory.
    5. Change to the C:\tmp\tmp directory (cd C:\tmp\tmp).
    6. Run "setup GSK7BAS". Accept all of the defaults.
    7. To verify the installation, run gsk7ver to verify the installation. The new version should be 7.0.4.47.
  4. All other Windows versions instructions:
    1. Copy/download the appropriate file (gsk7d_7.0.4.47_win64.msi, gsk8ssl32.exe or gsk8ssl64.exe) to C:\tmp.
    2. Using Windows Explorer, double click on the downloaded file. This will start Install Shield. Accept all of the defaults.
    3. To verify the installation, run the appropriate command (i.e. gsk7ver_64, gsk8ver or gsk8ver_64) for the GSKit you installed. The new version should be 7.0.4.47 or 8.0.50.13.

Workarounds/Mitigations

Disable SSLV3 Session Cache (Note: This may cause performance problems):

  • set GSK_V3_SIDCACHE_SIZE=0 in the environment

Important note:

IBM strongly suggests that all System z customers be subscribed to the System z Security Portal to receive the latest critical System z security and integrity service. If you are not subscribed, see the instructions on the System z Security web site. Security and integrity APARs and associated fixes will be posted to this portal. IBM suggests reviewing the CVSS scores and applying all security or integrity fixes as soon as possible to minimize any potential risk.

References:

Complete CVSS Guide
On-line Calculator V2

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog
Security Bulletin: Potential SSL/TLS-related denial of

Change History

9 January 2014: Original version 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 Security Bulletin.

Note: According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

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Document information


More support for:

Informix Servers

Software version:

11.5, 11.7, 12.1

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

1660436

Modified date:

2014-01-13

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