Security Bulletin: IBM Connections Security Update (CVE-2015-5035, CVE-2015-5036,CVE-2015-5037,CVE-2015-5038)

Security Bulletin


Summary

IBM Connections Security Update for multiple CVEs. There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Connection 5.0 and earlier, see details below for remediation information.

Vulnerability Details

There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Connection 5.0 and earlier. The APAR LO87020, addresses this vulnerability and can be applied through the fixes detailed in the Remediation section.


CVEID: CVE-2015-5035
DESCRIPTION: IBM Connections is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.
CVSS Base Score: 5.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/106679 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2015-5036
DESCRIPTION: IBM Connections is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.
CVSS Base Score: 5.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/106680 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2015-5037
DESCRIPTION: IBM Connections is vulnerable to cross-site request forgery, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. By persuading an authenticated user to visit a malicious Web site, a remote attacker could send a malformed HTTP request. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to perform cross-site scripting attacks, Web cache poisoning, and other malicious activities.
CVSS Base Score: 5.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/106681 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2015-5038
DESCRIPTION: IBM Connections is vulnerable to a denial of service (CPU consumption and crash) attack via a specially crafted XML document., aka an XML Entity Expansion (XEE) attack.
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/106682 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following versions of IBM Connections are impacted:

IBM Connections 5.0
IBM Connections 4.5
IBM Connections 4.0
IBM Connections 3.0.1.1 and earlier releases

Remediation/Fixes

Apply the appropriate fix pack or APAR to remediate these issues as per this table. Note, if possible, it is always recommended to upgrade to the most recent release of IBM Connections.

Product Version Remediation
IBM Connections 5.0 Upgrade to IBM Connections 5.0 CR3 and apply Interim Fix APAR LO87020
IBM Connections 4.5 Upgrade to IBM Connections 4.5 CR5 , apply prerequisite LO85600 and apply Interim Fix APAR LO87020
IBM Connections 4.0 Upgrade to IBM Connections 4.0 CR4 , apply prerequisite LO85600 and apply Interim Fix APAR LO87020
IBM Connections 3.0.1.1 Upgrade to IBM Connections 3.0.1.1 CR3 , apply prerequisite LO85600 and apply Interim Fix APAR LO87020
IBM Connections 3.0.1 and earlier releases Either upgrade to IBM Connections 5.0 CR3 and apply Interim Fix APAR LO87020 or upgrade to IBM Connections 3.0.1.1 CR3 , apply prerequisites and apply APAR LO87020
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Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

Related information

*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

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.

Document information


More support for:

IBM Connections

Software version:

3.0.1, 3.0.1.1, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0

Operating system(s):

AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #:

1971439

Modified date:

2015-12-07

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