Security Bulletin: Potential XML External Entity (XXE) Injection Vulnerability in WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2018-1905)
There is a potential XXE injection vulnerability in the Knowledge Center used by WebSphere Application Server.
DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere Application Server is vulnerable to a XML External Entity Injection (XXE) attack when processing XML data. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to expose sensitive information or consume memory resources.
CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/152534 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:L)
Affected Products and Versions
This vulnerability affects the following versions and releases of IBM WebSphere Application Server:
- Version 9.0
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:
For V22.214.171.124 through 126.96.36.199:
· Upgrade to minimal fix pack levels as required by interim fix and then apply Interim Fix PH04192
· Apply Fix Pack 188.8.131.52 or later (targeted availability 4Q 2018).
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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Benoit Côté-Jodoin from GoSecure
20 November 2018: original document published
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More support for:
WebSphere Application Server
Software version: 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 #: 0738721
Modified date: 20 November 2018