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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability due to a missing HTTP Strict Transport Security header affects IBM License Metric Tool v9.x and IBM BigFix Inventory v9.x (CVE-2016-8966)

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Summary

Due to a missing HTTP Strict Transport Security header an unaware user can navigate by mistake to the unencrypted version of the web application or accept invalid certificates. This leads to sensitive data being sent unencrypted over the wire.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-8966
DESCRIPTION:
IBM BigFix Inventory v9.x could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by the failure to properly enable HTTP Strict Transport Security. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information using man in the middle techniques.
CVSS Base Score: 5.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118855 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM License Metric Tool v9.x
IBM BigFix Inventory v9.x

Remediation/Fixes

Upgrade to version 9.2.6 or later using the following procedure:

  • In IBM Endpoint Manager console, expand IBM BigFix Inventory or IBM License Reporting (ILMT) node under Sites node in the tree panel.
  • Click Fixlets and Tasks node. Fixlets and Tasks panel will be displayed on the right.
  • In the Fixlets and Tasks panel locate Upgrade to the newest version of IBM BigFix Inventory 9.x or Upgrade to the newest version IBM License Metric Tool 9.x fixlet and run it against the computer that hosts your server.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

16th December 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.

Disclaimer

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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Security IBM License Metric Tool AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 9.2

Document information

More support for: IBM BigFix Inventory

Software version: 9.2

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1995023

Modified date: 27 December 2016