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Security Bulletin: IBM Maximo Asset Management is vulnerable to cross site scripting (CVE-2018-1697)

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IBM Maximo Asset Management could allow an authenticated user to enumerate usernames using a specially crafted HTTP request.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1697
DESCRIPTION: IBM Maximo Asset Management could allow an authenticated user to enumerate usernames using a specially crafted HTTP request.
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:L/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following versions of the IBM Maximo Asset Management core product, and all other IBM Maximo Industry Solution and IBM Control Desk products, regardless of their own version, if they are currently installed on top of an affected IBM Maximo Asset Management. *

Maximo Asset Management core product affected versions:
Maximo Asset Management 7.6

Industry Solutions products affected if using an affected core version:
Maximo for Aviation
Maximo for Life Sciences
Maximo for Nuclear Power
Maximo for Oil and Gas
Maximo for Transportation
Maximo for Utilities

IBM Control Desk products affected if using an affected core version:
SmartCloud Control Desk
IBM Control Desk
Tivoli Integration Composer

* To determine the core product version, log in and view System Information. The core product version is the "Tivoli's process automation engine" version. Please consult the Product Coexistence Matrix for a list of supported product combinations.


The recommended solution is to download the appropriate Interim Fix or Fix Pack from Fix Central (What is Fix Central?) and apply for each affected product as soon as possible. Please see below for information on the fixes available for each product, version, and release. Follow the installation instructions in the ‘readme’ documentation provided with each fix pack or interim fix.

For Maximo Asset Management 7.6:

VRM Fix Pack, Feature Pack, or Interim Fix Download
7.6.1 Please contact IBM Support IBM Support Please contact IBM Support IBM Support

Workarounds and Mitigations

The MXAPIPERUSER object structure includes information on the users, people, and groups in Maximo. The APAR fix eliminates the requirement that all Work Center users have access to this information.  The object structure is now removed from template authorizations so new groups will not automatically be granted access.  However, the fix does not remove existing access.

You should remove access to the MXAPIPERUSER object structure for all groups, except in the following scenarios:
- The group has access to the Reliability Engineering Work Center prior to Maximo Asset Health Insights In this case, keep the access or upgrade to Maximo Asset Health Insights 
- The group has access to the Administration work center. There is a legitimate business need for members of the Administrative group to have access to this information.

If any customized functionality depends on this object structure, ensure that only administrators are provided access.

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Related Information

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Change History

26 November 2018: 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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Cross reference information
Product Component Platform Version Edition
Control Desk Platform Independent 7.6.0,
Maximo for Life Sciences Platform Independent 7.6
Maximo for Nuclear Power Platform Independent 7.6.0
Maximo for Oil and Gas Platform Independent 7.6.0
Maximo for Transportation Platform Independent 7.6.1, 7.6.2,,,,
Maximo for Utilities Platform Independent 7.6
IBM Maximo for Aviation Platform Independent 7.6, 7.6.1, 7.6.2,, 7.6.3

Document information

More support for: Maximo Asset Management

Software version: 7.6

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 0737457

Modified date: 03 December 2018

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