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Security Bulletin: Multiple security vulnerabilities affect IBM WebSphere Application Server for Bluemix (CVE-2016-5573, CVE-2016-5597, CVE-2016-8934)

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Summary

There are multiple vulnerabiltities in the IBM® SDK Java™ Technology Edition that is shipped with IBM WebSphere Application Server. These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM SDK for Java updates in October 2016. These may affect some configurations of IBM WebSphere Application Server Traditional, IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty and IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition. There is a potential cross-site scripting vulnerability in the Admin Console for WebSphere Application Server.

Vulnerability Details

If you run your own Java code using the IBM Java Runtime delivered with this product, you should evaluate your code to determine whether the complete list of vulnerabilities are applicable to your code. For a complete list of vulnerabilities please refer to the link for “IBM SDK for Java Security Bulletin" located in the “References” section for more information.

CVEID: CVE-2016-5573
DESCRIPTION:
An unspecified vulnerability in Oracle Java SE and Java SE Embedded related to the Hotspot component has high confidentiality impact, high integrity impact, and high availability impact.
CVSS Base Score: 8.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118070 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVEID: CVE-2016-5597
DESCRIPTION:
An unspecified vulnerability in Oracle Java SE and Java SE Embedded related to the Networking component could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information resulting in a high confidentiality impact using unknown attack vectors.
CVSS Base Score: 5.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118071 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)

CVEID: CVE-2016-8934
DESCRIPTION:
IBM WebSphere Application Server is vulnerable to cross-site scripting. This vulnerability allows users to embed arbitrary JavaScript code in the Web UI thus altering the intended functionality potentially leading to credentials disclosure within a trusted session.
CVSS Base Score: 5.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118594 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following versions and releases of IBM WebSphere Application Server:

  • Liberty
  • Version 9.0
  • Version 8.5.5

Remediation/Fixes

To patch an existing service instance requires two steps:
1. To update WebSphere Application Server refer to the IBM WebSphere Application Server bulletin listed below:
Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affects WebSphere Application Server October 2016 CPU (CVE-2016-5573, CVE-2016-5597)

Security Bulletin: Potential cross-site scripting in the Admin Console for WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2016-8934)

2. To apply the RHEL OS updates, run yum update.

Alternatively, delete the vulnerable service instance and create a new instance. The new maintenance will be included.

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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

14 December 2016: 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.

Disclaimer

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Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server in IBM Cloud

Software version: Version Independent

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1995995

Modified date: 16 December 2016