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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in SSLv3 affects IBM Business Monitor (CVE-2014-3566)

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SSLv3 contains a vulnerability that has been referred to as the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. SSLv3 is enabled in IBM Business Monitor.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-3566
DESCRIPTION: IBM Business Monitor could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information caused by a design error when using the SSLv3 protocol. A remote user with the ability to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack could exploit this vulnerability via a POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack to decrypt SSL sessions and access the plain text of encrypted connections.

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)

Affected Products and Versions

This problem affects the following versions of the product:

  • WebSphere Business Monitor Version 7.0.0.x
  • WebSphere Business Monitor on zOS Version 7.0.0.x
  • WebSphere Business Monitor Hypervisor Edition Version 7.0.0.x
  • IBM Business Monitor Version 7.5.x
  • IBM Business Monitor Version 8.0.1.x
  • IBM Business Monitor Version 8.5.5


IBM Business Monitor and WebSphere Business Monitor completely rely on WebSphere Application Server to provide HTTPS capabilities. We recommend that customers install an interim fix for the IBM JDK to disable SSLv3. For information on the required fix refer to the the Remediation/Fixes section in the following bulletin: Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in SSLv3 affects IBM WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2014-3566)

IBM recommends that you review your entire environment to identify areas that enable the SSLv3 protocol and take appropriate mitigation and remediation actions. The most immediate mitigation action that can be taken is disabling SSLv3. You should verify disabling SSLv3 does not cause any compatibility issues.

Note that other related products are affected by this vulnerability. In the context of applying fixes for
WebSphere Business Monitor or IBM Business Monitor, you will also want to update Installation Manager to version 1.8.

To fully mitigate the POODLE vulnerability for server side components, an additional fix for the bundled Business Space is required (JR51686) below:
WebSphere Business Monitor
IBM Business Monitor

Workarounds and Mitigations

Customers who cannot or do not want to install the fix recommended in the "Remediation/Fixes" section of this security bulletin can disable the use of SSLv3 using manual configuration as described in "Workarounds and Mitigations" under the "Client configuration files" section in the following bulletin: Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in SSLv3 affects IBM WebSphere Application Server

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Change History

2014-11-18 - 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
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Business Integration WebSphere Business Monitor Security AIX, Linux, Linux zSeries, Solaris, Windows, z/OS,,,, 7.0

Document information

More support for: IBM Business Monitor

Software version: 7.5,, 7.5.1,,, 8.0, 8.0.1,,,, 8.5.5

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS

Reference #: 1689864

Modified date: 18 November 2014