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Security Bulletin: Potential directory traversal vulnerability in WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2018-1797)

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Summary

There is a potential directory traversal vulnerability in WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2018-1797). This is occurs when an Enterprise Bundle Archive (EBA) is installed into the Application Server that has a path external to the EBA.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1797
DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere Application Server using Enterprise bundle Archives (EBA) could allow a local attacker to traverse directories on the system. By persuading a victim to extract a specially-crafted ZIP archive containing "dot dot slash" sequences (../), an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to write to arbitrary files on the system. Note: This vulnerability is known as "Zip-Slip".
CVSS Base Score: 6.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/149427 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:N/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

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

  • Version 9.0
  • Version 8.5
  • Version 8.0
  • Version 7.0  Feature Pack for OSGi Applications and Java Persistence API

Remediation/Fixes

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

For WebSphere Application Server traditional and WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition:


For V9.0.0.0 through 9.0.0.9:
· Upgrade to minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PH02031
--OR--
· Apply Fix Pack 9.0.0.10 or later (targeted availability 4Q 2018).

For V8.5.0.0 through 8.5.5.14:
· Upgrade to minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PH02031
--OR--
· Apply Fix Pack 8.5.5.15 or later (targeted availability 1Q 2019).

For V8.0.0.0 through 8.0.0.15:
· Upgrade to a minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PH02031

For WebSphere Application Server V7  Feature Pack for OSGi Applications and Java Persistence API 2.0:
· Call IBM Support for the interim fix.

WebSphere Application Server V7 and V8 are no longer in full support; IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release/platform of the product.

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Reference

Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3

Related Information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

14 November 2018: 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.

Disclaimer

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Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server

Software version: 7.0, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0

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

Software edition: Advanced, Base, Developer, Enterprise, Express, Network Deployment, Single Server

Reference #: 0730699

Modified date: 14 November 2018


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