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Security Bulletin: IBM® Intelligent Operations Center has a weak user-creation policy (CVE-2019-4066)

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An authenticated user can create users with malformed user IDs in IBM® Intelligent Operations Center so that these new users cannot be deleted later from the system. Because the malformed users cannot be deleted at the application level, this is a denial of service issue.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2019-4066
DESCRIPTION: IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) could allow an authenticated user to create arbitrary users which could cause ID management issues and result in code execution.
CVSS Base Score: 8.8
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:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following products and versions:
  • IBM® Intelligent Operations Center V5.1.0 - V5.2.0
  • IBM® Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management V5.1.0 - V5.1.0.6
  • IBM® Water Operations for Waternamics V5.1.0 - V5.2.1.1


The recommended solution is to apply an interim fix that contains the fix for this issue as soon as practical.

Product VRMF APAR Remediation/First Fix
IBM® Intelligent Operations Center V5.2.0 PO08061 Interim fix PO08061, or later
IBM® Intelligent Operations Center V5.1.0 - V5.1.0.14 PO08131 Interim fix PO08131, or later
IBM® Water Operations for Waternamics V5.1.0 - V5.2.1.1 PO08061 Interim fix PO08061, or later

For information about the latest available updates for IBM® Intelligent Operations Center  see IBM Intelligent Operations Center V5.2 installation updates.

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Related Information

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Change History

31 May 2019: Original version published

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Cross reference information
Product Component Platform Version Edition
IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management Linux, Windows 5.1.0,,,,,
IBM Water Operations for Waternamics Linux, Windows 5.1.0, 5.2.0,,,,,,, 5.2.1,

Document information

More support for: IBM Intelligent Operations Center

Component: Not Applicable

Software version: 5.1.0,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 5.2.0

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 0879381

Modified date: 31 May 2019