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Security Bulletin: XXE injection vulnerability in IBM API Connect (CVE-2017-1322)

Security Bulletin


An XML External Entity injection (XXE) vulnerability is exposed in IBM API Connect.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-1322
IBM API Connect is vulnerable to an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) attack when processing XML data. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to expose highly sensitive information or consume memory resources.
CVSS Base Score: 8.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM API Connect V5.0.0.0 - V5.0.7.0


The fix for V5.0.6 is not yet available. See the workaround to manually apply changes to remediate this vulnerability or upgrade to V5.0.7.1 or later.

Product VRMF APAR Remediation/First Fix
IBM API Connect - LI79656 Fix planned for V5.0.6.3
IBM API Connect LI79656 Apply V5.0.7.1

Workarounds and Mitigations

On the DataPower appliance, in the CLI, issue the following commands:

1) switch apimanagement-domain-name
2) configure
3) xml parser limits webapi
4) external-references forbid
5) exit
6) write memory

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Related information

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Change History

22 June 2017: Original version published

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Document information

More support for: IBM API Connect

Software version:

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 2003621

Modified date: 22 June 2017