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Security Bulletin: Multiple Vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affects IBM WebSphere Application Server for Bluemix April 2017 CPU

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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 Java SDK updates in April 2017. These may affect some configurations of IBM WebSphere Application Server Traditional, IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty and IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition.

Vulnerability Details

For information on the IBM Java SDK that is now bundled with WebSphere Application Server Version 8.5.5 refer to the Knowledge Center link in the References section.

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 Java SDK Security Bulletin" located in the References section for more information.
HP fixes are on a delayed schedule.

CVEID: CVE-2017-3511
 An unspecified vulnerability related to the Java SE JCE component could allow an unauthenticated attacker to take control of the system.
CVSS Base Score: 7.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM SDK, Java Technology Editions shipped with WebSphere Application Server Liberty up to IBM SDK, Java Technology Editions shipped with IBM WebSphere Application Server Traditional Version through, through

  • This does not occur on IBM SDK, Java Technology Editions that are shipped with WebSphere Application Servers Fix Packs,,


To patch an existing service instance requires two steps:
1. To update WebSphere Application Server refer to the IBM WebSphere Application Server bulletins listed below:

Security Bulletin:Multiple Vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affects WebSphere Application Server April 2017 CPU

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

Alternatively, delete the vulnerable service instance and create a new instance.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

7 July 2017: 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.


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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 #: 2004278

Modified date: 07 July 2017