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Security Bulletin: Sensitive data lingers in memory on the WebSphere eXtreme Scale server

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Sensitive data lingers in memory allowing access by an administrator of the WebSphere eXtreme Scale server. This is addressed in the interim fix.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-7418
IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale allows some sensitive data to linger in memory instead of being overwritten which could allow a local user with administrator privileges to obtain sensitive information.
CVSS Base Score: 4.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.1.0
WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.1.1

WebSphere eXtreme Scale 8.5

WebSphere eXtreme Scale 8.6


<Product VRMF APAR Remediation/First Fix
WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.1 PI51734 Refer to the Version 7.1 table in the Recommended Fixes page for WebSphere eXtreme Scale.
WebSphere eXtreme Scale 7.1.1



PI51742 Refer to the Version 7.1.1, 8.5, or 8.6 table in the Recommended Fixes page for WebSphere eXtreme Scale.

Workarounds and Mitigations

There is no workaround. The interim fix must be applied to correct the problem.

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Change History

26 Feb 2016: 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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Document information

More support for: WebSphere eXtreme Scale

Software version: 7.1, 7.1.1,, 8.6

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1971657

Modified date: 26 February 2016