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Security Bulletin: Incorrect authorization for update of process instance variables in IBM Business Process Manager (CVE-2016-0349)

Security Bulletin


Due to incorrect authorization for update of process instance variables, users without required permission can update process instance variables in IBM Business Process Manager.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0349
IBM Business Process Manager allows authenticated users to update process instance variables by calling a REST API with incorrect authorization checks.
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

  • IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.7
  • IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.6 through V8.5.6.0 cumulative fix 2


Install the interim fixes for APAR JR55701 as appropriate for your current IBM Business Process Manager version.

Please note that the fix might be included in a cumulative fix.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related information

Change History

24 June 2016: 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
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Express Security Linux, Windows 8.5.7, 8.5.6
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Standard Security AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 8.5.7, 8.5.6

Document information

More support for: IBM Business Process Manager Advanced

Software version: 8.5.6, 8.5.7

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

Reference #: 1981094

Modified date: 24 June 2016