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Security Bulletin: Potential security vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Application Server if FIPS 140-2 is enabled (CVE-2016-0306)

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Summary

There is a potential security vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Application Server if FIPS 140-2 is enabled.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0306
DESCRIPTION:
IBM WebSphere Application Server could provide weaker than expected security, caused by the improper TLS configuration. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information using man in the middle techniques.
CVSS Base Score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/111423 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following versions and releases of IBM WebSphere Application Server:

  • Version 8.5.5 Full Profile
  • Version 8.5 Full Profile
  • Version 8.0
  • Version 7.0

Remediation/Fixes

The recommended solution is to apply the interim fix, Fix Pack or PTF containing APAR PI56190 for each named product as soon as practical.

For WebSphere Application Server:

For V8.5.0.0 through 8.5.5.9 Full Profile:
· Upgrade to minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PI56190
--OR--
· Apply Fix Pack 8.5.5.10 or later.
For V8.0.0.0 through 8.0.0.12:
· Upgrade to a minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PI56190

--OR--
· Apply Fix Pack 8.0.0.13 or later.

For V7.0.0.0 through 7.0.0.39:

· Upgrade to minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PI56190

--OR--
· Apply Fix Pack 7.0.0.41 or later.

Workarounds and Mitigations

none

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References

Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

8 April 2016: original document published
13 September 2016: updated fix pack release dates

*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.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Application Servers WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server

Software version: 7.0, 8.0, 8.5, 8.5.5

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Software edition: Base, Developer, Enterprise, Express, Network Deployment

Reference #: 1979231

Modified date: 13 September 2016