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Security Bulletin: A vulnerability in IBM Java Runtime affects IBM WebSphere MQ (CVE-2016-3485)

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There are multiple vulnerabilites in IBM® Runtime Environment Java™ Versions 6 and 7 that are used by IBM WebSphere MQ. These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in July 2016.

Vulnerability Details

If you run your own Java code using the IBM Java Runtime delivered with this product, you should evaluate your code to determine whether the complete list of vulnerabilities are applicable to your code. For a complete list of vulnerabilities please refer to the link for “IBM Java SDK Security Bulletin” located in the “References” section for more information.

CVEID: CVE-2016-3485
DESCRIPTION: An unspecified vulnerability related to the Networking component has no confidentiality impact, low integrity impact, and no availability impact.
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

IBM MQ 9.0.0.x Long Term Support (LTS)
Maintenance level only

IBM MQ 9.0.x Continuous Delivery Release (CDR)
Continuous delivery update 9.0.1 only

WebSphere MQ 8.0
Maintenance levels between and

IBM MQ Appliance 8.0
Maintenance levels between and

WebSphere MQ 7.5
Maintenance levels between and

WebSphere MQ 7.1
Maintenance levels between and


IBM MQ 9.0
Apply fix pack or latest Continuous Delivery level

WebSphere MQ 8.0
Apply fix pack

WebSphere MQ 7.5
Apply fix pack

WebSphere MQ 7.1
Apply fix pack

For unsupported versions of IBM WebSphere MQ, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version of the product.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Important note

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Related information

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Change History

Published: 12 July 2017

*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.


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.

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Document information

More support for: WebSphere MQ

Software version: 7.1, 7.5, 8.0, 9.0

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

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 2001630

Modified date: 13 July 2017