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Security Bulletin: Incorrect SSL protocol variant in SCA HTTP binding affecting WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, WebSphere Process Server and IBM Business Process Manager Advanced (CVE-2014-6176)

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The HTTP import binding in an SCA module can be configured with a reference to a SSL configuration that exists on the application server. The HTTP binding uses always the SSLv3 protocol variant regardless of the SSL protocol setting in the referenced SSL configuration.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-6176
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

IBM WebSphere Process Server, IBM WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, IBM Business Process Manager could provide weaker than expected security, caused by the weak SSL ciphers for encryption. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information used to launch further attacks on the system.

Affected Products and Versions

  • WebSphere Process Server V7.0
  • WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus V7.0
  • IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V7.5.x, 8.0.x 8.5.x
If you are on earlier unsupported releases, IBM strongly recommends to upgrade.


Install the interim fix for APAR JR51593 as appropriate for your current product version. Customers of WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus can install fixes for WebSphere Process Server V7.0 or IBM Business Process Manager V7.5 and later - matching their version number of WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus.

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Change History

2014-12-12 - initial 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.


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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Business Integration WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus Security AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Linux iSeries, Linux pSeries, Linux xSeries, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows, z/OS,, 7.5.1,, 7.5,,,,,, 7.0
Business Integration WebSphere Process Server Security AIX, HP-UX, i5/OS, Linux, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows, z/OS,,,,, 7.0

Document information

More support for: IBM Business Process Manager Advanced

Software version: 7.5,, 7.5.1,,, 8.0, 8.0.1,,,, 8.5,, 8.5.5

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

Reference #: 1690780

Modified date: 12 December 2014