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Security Bulletin:Missing Secure Attribute in Encrypted Session (SSL) in InfoSphere BigInsights (CVE-2014-0905)

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Summary

A secure flag (attribute) for the LTPA cookie is not set for SSL (https) sessions. Not having this flag prevents browser clients from ensuring that the cookie is always encrypted when transmitting from client to server.

Vulnerability Details


CVE ID: CVE-2014-0905

DESCRIPTION:
A vulnerability in the IBM Infosphere BigInsights Console application could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information. If the application is accessed via a network with HTTP, an attacker using man-in-the-middle techniques could recover packets for non-encrypted cookies that could potentially contain sensitive session information or credentials.

CVSS Base Score: 2.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/91720 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:A/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Versions 2.0 through 2.1.2

Remediation/Fixes

None.

Workarounds and Mitigations

To workaround this issue, you can implement safeguards such as a separate private network, or close the Http port for communication between Hadoop and the Enterprise Console.

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References

Complete CVSS v2 Guide
On-line Calculator v2

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

04 August 2014: 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 Security Bulletin.

Disclaimer

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Document information

More support for: IBM BigInsights
Web Console

Software version: 2.0.0, 2.1.0, 2.1.1, 2.1.2

Operating system(s): Linux

Software edition: Basic Edition, Community Edition, Enterprise Edition, Quick Start Edition

Reference #: 1680830

Modified date: 04 August 2014