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Security Bulletin: A security vulnerability in Node.js affects the IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) configuration editor (CVE-2014-5256)

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IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.5 provides a standalone tool for editing configuration properties files that is called the "IBM BPM Configuration editor." This editor is based on open source Node.js technology. A security vulnerability has been reported for Node.js.

Vulnerability Details

Note: The IBM BPM Configuration editor is an optional stand-alone tool. It can be extracted and started explicitly as described in the Configuring your environment graphically with the IBM BPM Configuration editor topic within the product documentation.
CVE ID: CVE-2014-5256
CVSS Base Score: 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Node.js is vulnerable to a denial of service that is caused by a memory corruption error. By sending an overly long JSON string, a remote attacker might exploit this vulnerability to cause a segmentation fault.

Affected Products and Versions

  • IBM Business Process Manager Standard V8.5.5.0
  • IBM Business Process Manager Express V8.5.5.0
  • IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.5.5.0


Install the interim fix for APAR JR51163 as appropriate for your current IBM Business Process Manager version.

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Change History

29 September 2014: 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.


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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Advanced Security AIX, Linux, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows 8.5.5
Business Integration IBM Business Process Manager Express Security Linux, Linux zSeries, Windows 8.5.5

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Document information

More support for: IBM Business Process Manager Standard

Software version: 8.5.5

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1684769

Modified date: 29 September 2014