Security Bulletin: WebSphere Commerce vulnerability could allow disclosure of user personal data (CVE-2013-0523)

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Some WebSphere Commerce data may be encrypted using an encryption algorithm that is susceptible to a padding oracle attack which may allow for the disclosure of user personal data.



CVE ID: CVE-2013-0523

DESCRIPTION: On some storefront web requests, data may be encrypted using an algorithm that is vulnerable to padding oracle attacks. This can allow the data to be decrypted without needing the encryption key, thereby leading to disclosure of information. This information can include user personal data. The attack does not need local network access, but does require access to a shopper's browser or access to network traffic logs.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)


  • WebSphere Commerce versions to
  • WebSphere Commerce versions to
  • WebSphere Commerce to
  • Earlier out of support versions may be affected

Vendor Fix(es): For supported versions, open a Problem Management Record (PMR) with IBM WebSphere Commerce Support to request an Interim Fix for APAR JR46386 and include your WebSphere Commerce version including Fix Pack level. For out of support versions, we recommend that you upgrade to a supported version.

Workaround(s): None known

Mitigation(s): None known

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The vulnerability was reported to IBM by:
Timothy D. Morgan <>
George D. Gal <>


*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 Flash.

Note: 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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Commerce WebSphere Commerce Professional Edition Security AIX, i5/OS, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows 7.0, 6.0, 5.6.1 Professional Edition
Commerce WebSphere Commerce - Express Security i5/OS, IBM i, Linux, Windows 7.0, 6.0, 5.6.1 Express

Document information

More support for:

WebSphere Commerce Enterprise

Software version:

5.6.0, 5.6.1, 6.0, 7.0

Operating system(s):

AIX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows, i5/OS

Software edition:


Reference #:


Modified date:


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