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Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in Apache POI affects IBM InfoSphere Information Server

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Summary

Apache POI vulnerabilities were addressed by IBM InfoSphere Information Server.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2012-0213
DESCRIPTION: Apache POI is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by the improper handling of memory when processing certain Channel Definition Format (CDF)/ Compound File Binary Format (CFBF) documents. By sending a specially-crafted CDF / CFBF file to an application using Apache POI, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial of service.
CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/75558 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

CVEID: CVE-2014-3574
DESCRIPTION: Apache POI is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) error when processing XML data. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted OOXML file to consume all available CPU resources and cause a denial of service.
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/95768 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

CVEID: CVE-2014-3529
DESCRIPTION: Apache POI could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) error within the OPC SAX setup. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted OpenXML file containing an XML external entity declaration to read arbitrary files on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/95770 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2014-9527
DESCRIPTION: Apache POI is vulnerable to a denial of service. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted PPT file to cause the application to enter into an infinite loop and deadlock.
CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/99799 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

CVEID: CVE-2016-5000
DESCRIPTION: Apache POI could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) error when XLSX2CSV example uses Java's XML components to parse OpenXML files. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using an XML document containing an external entity reference to read arbitrary files on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/115530 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following products, running on all supported platforms, are affected:
IBM InfoSphere Information Server: versions 9.1, 11.3, and 11.5
IBM InfoSphere Metadata Workbench: versions 8.7, and 9.1
IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog: versions 11.3, and 11.5
IBM InfoSphere Information Server on Cloud: version 11.5

Remediation/Fixes

Product VRMF APAR Remediation/First Fix
InfoSphere Information Server, Information Governance Catalog, Information Server on Cloud 11.5 JR56838 --Apply IBM InfoSphere Information Server version 11.5.0.1
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Information Server Framework Security Patch
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Data Integration Rollup patch

Users of Unstructured Connector
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Unstructured Connector Security patch

Users of InfoSphere Governance
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Governance Rollup patch
InfoSphere Information Server, Information Governance Catalog 11.3 JR56838 --Apply IBM InfoSphere Information Server version 11.3.1.2
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Information Server Framework Security Patch
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Unstructured Connector Security patch
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog Security patch
InfoSphere Information Server, Metadata Workbench 9.1 JR56838 --Apply IBM InfoSphere Information Server version 9.1.2.0
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Unstructured Connector Security patch
--Apply IBM InfoSphere Metadata Workbench Security patch

Note:
1. Some fixes require installing both a fix pack and patches. The fix pack should be installed first, and the additional patches should be installed in the order shown.
2. For IBM InfoSphere Information Server version 8.7, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release/platform of the product.

Contact Technical Support:

In the United States and Canada dial 1-800-IBM-SERV
View the support contacts for other countries outside of the United States.
Electronically open a Service Request with Information Server Technical Support.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

Complete CVSS v2 Guide
On-line Calculator v2
Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Acknowledgement

None

Change History

27 January 2017: Original version published
07 March 2017: For v11.5, replaced Governance patches with Governance rollup patch 7
23 March 2017: Published fix for v9.1

*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

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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Information Management InfoSphere Information Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 9.1, 8.7, 11.5, 11.3

Document information

More support for: InfoSphere Information Server

Software version: 8.7, 9.1, 11.3, 11.5

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

Reference #: 1996759

Modified date: 23 March 2017