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Security Bulletin: A vulnerability in IBM Java SDK affects IBM OS Images for Red Hat Linux Systems, AIX, and Windows. (CVE-2015-7575)

Security Bulletin


There is a vulnerability in IBM® SDK Java™ Technology Edition, Version 6 and 7, that is used by IBM OS Images for Red Hat Linux Systems, IBM OS Images for AIX, and Windows. The issue was disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in January 2016 and this vulnerability is commonly referred to as “SLOTH”.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-7575
The TLS protocol could allow weaker than expected security caused by a collision attack when using the MD5 hash function for signing a ServerKeyExchange message during a TLS handshake. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using man-in-the-middle techniques to impersonate a TLS server and obtain credentials. This vulnerability is commonly referred to as “SLOTH”.
CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/UI:U/C:H/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM OS Image for Red Hat Linux Systems and earlier.
IBM OS Image for AIX Systems and earlier.


Virtual machines deployed from IBM PureApplication Systems are affected. This includes RedHat Linux, AIX-based, and Windows-based deployments. The solution is to apply the following IBM PureApplication System fix to the deployed virtual machines.

Java Update for Windows

Java Update for Linux

Java Update for AIX

1. Import the fix into the Emergency Fix catalogue.
2. For deployed instances, apply this emergency fix on the VM.
3. Restart the deployed instance after the fix is applied.

Workarounds and Mitigations

For CVE-2015-7575:

Users of Java 7 and later can address the issue by updating the /jre/lib/security/ file as follows (both steps are required):

· Add MD5 to the jdk.certpath.disabledAlgorithms property - e.g. jdk.certpath.disabledAlgorithms=MD2, RSA keySize < 1024, MD5

· Add MD5withRSA to the jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms property - e.g. jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms=SSLv3, RC4, DH keySize < 768, MD5withRSA

Java 6 requires code changes in the JSSE component in addition to the file modifications, so upgrading the JDK is the only solution.

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Related information


CVE-2015-7575 was reported to IBM by Karthikeyan Bhargavan at INRIA in Paris, France

Change History

26 February 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.


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.

Document information

More support for: PureApplication System

Software version: 2.0,,,,,,

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1977880

Modified date: 03 March 2016