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Security Bulletin: IBM WebSphere MQ Improper access control for some local MQSC commands (CVE-2015-7473)

Security Bulletin


runmqsc allows a user who already has +connect and +dsp authority to a queue manager to perform a small number of commands that would normally require additional privileges.

The vulnerability does not affect client MQSC, only locally connected runmqsc.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-7473
DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere MQ could allow a local attacker with certain permissions to execute commands against the local queue manager that they should not have access to.
CVSS Base Score: 2.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The problem affects IBM WebSphere MQ through maintenance levels, previous MQ releases required users to be administrative users to be able to execute the runmqsc program.


Apply fixpack IBM WebSphere MQ or later

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Change History

2 June 2016: Original 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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Document information

More support for: WebSphere MQ

Software version: 8.0,,,,

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

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1984555

Modified date: 02 June 2016