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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Commons affects Watson Explorer and Watson Content Analytics (CVE-2015-7450)

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Summary

An Apache Commons Collections vulnerability for handling Java object deserialization was addressed by Watson Explorer and Watson Content Analytics.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-7450

DESCRIPTION: Apache Commons Collections could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by the deserialization of data with Java InvokerTransformer class. By sending specially crafted data, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary Java code on the system.

CVSS Base Score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/107918 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

  • Watson Explorer Annotation Administration Console version 11.0 and version 10.0 through 10.0.0.2
  • Watson Explorer Analytical Components version 11.0 and version 10.0 through 10.0.0.2
  • Watson Content Analytics version 3.5 through 3.5.0.3 and version 3.0 through 3.0.0.6

Remediation/Fixes

Download the readme file and the ZIP file or TAR file for your enviroment, and then follow the instructions in the readme file to install the fix.
The table reflects product names at the time the specified versions were released. To use the links to Fix Central in this table, you must first log in to the IBM Support: Fix Central site at http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/.

Affected Product Affected Versions How to acquire and apply the fix
IBM Watson Explorer Foundational Components Annotation Administration Console 11.0
  1. Download the readme file for your edition (EE for Enterprise or AE for Advanced) from Fix Central, for example: 11.0.0.0-WS-WatsonExplorer-EEFoundationalAAC-Readme-IF001
  2. Download the interim fix for your edition and operating system from Fix Central: interim fix 11.0.0.0-WS-WatsonExplorer-EEFoundationalAAC-<OS>-IF001 (for example, 11.0.0.0-WS-WatsonExplorer-EEFoundationalAAC-Linux-IF001).
  3. Follow the instructions in the readme file to apply the fix.
IBM Watson Explorer Foundational Components Annotation Administration Console 10.0 through 10.0.0.2
  1. If not already installed, install V10.0 Fix Pack 2 (see the Fix Pack download document).
  2. Download the readme file for your edition (EE for Enterprise or AE for Advanced) from Fix Central, for example: 10.0.0.2-WS-WatsonExplorer-EEFoundationalAAC-Readme-IF001
  3. Download the interim fix for your edition and operating system from Fix Central: interim fix 10.0.0.2-WS-WatsonExplorer-EEFoundationalAAC-<OS>-IF001 (for example, 10.0.0.2-WS-WatsonExplorer-EEFoundationalAAC-Windows-IF001).
  4. Follow the instructions in the readme file to apply the fix.
IBM Watson Explorer Analytical Components 11.0
  1. Download the readme file from Fix Central: 11.0.0.0-WS-WatsonExplorer-AEAnalytical-Readme-IF001
  2. Download the interim fix for IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition and your operating system from Fix Central: interim fix 11.0.0.0-WS-WatsonExplorer-AEAnalytical-<OS>-IF001 (for example, 11.0.0.0-WS-WatsonExplorer-AEAnalytical-Linux-IF001).
  3. Follow the instructions in the readme file to apply the fix.
IBM Watson Explorer Analytical Components 10.0 through 10.0.0.2
  1. If not already installed, install V10.0 Fix Pack 2 (see the Fix Pack download document).
  2. Download the readme file from Fix Central: 10.0.0.2-WS-WatsonExplorer-AEAnalytical-Readme-IF001
  3. Download the interim fix for IBM Watson Explorer Advanced Edition and your operating system from Fix Central: interim fix 10.0.0.2-WS-WatsonExplorer-AEAnalytical-<OS>-IF001 (for example, 10.0.0.2-WS-WatsonExplorer-AEAnalytical-Linux-IF001).
  4. Follow the instructions in the readme file to apply the fix.
IBM Watson Content Analytics 3.5 through 3.5.0.3
  1. If not already installed, install V3.5 Fix Pack 3 (see the Fix Pack download document).
  2. Download the readme file from Fix Central: 3.5.0.3-WT-WCA-Readme-IF001
  3. Download the interim fix for your operating system from Fix Central: interim fix 3.5.0.3-WT-WCA-<OS>-IF001 (for example, 3.5.0.3-WT-WCA-AIX-IF001).
  4. Follow the instructions in the readme file to apply the fix.
IBM Content Analytics with Enterprise Search 3.0 through 3.0.0.6
  1. If not already installed, install V3.0 Fix Pack 6 (see the Fix Pack download document).
  2. Download the readme file from Fix Central: 3.0.0.6-WT-ICA-Readme-IF001
  3. Download the interim fix for your operating system from Fix Central: interim fix 3.0.0.6-WT-ICA-<OS>-IF001 (for example, 3.0.0.6-WT-ICA-Linux-IF001).
  4. Follow the instructions in the readme file to apply the fix.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None.

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References

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Change History

30 November 2015: original document 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
Watson Group Watson Content Analytics AIX, Linux, Windows 3.5, 3.0 All Editions

Document information

More support for: Watson Explorer

Software version: 10.0.0, 10.0.0.1, 10.0.0.2, 11.0.0

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1971733

Modified date: 30 November 2015


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