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Security Bulletin: IBM WebSphere Commerce is vulnerable to an open redirect issue (CVE-2017-1398)

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IBM WebSphere Commerce is vulnerable to an open redirect issue.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-1398
IBM WebSphere Commerce Enterprise, Professional, Express, and Developer could allow a remote attacker to conduct phishing attacks using an open redirect attack. By persuading a victim to visit a specially-crafted Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to spoof the URL displayed to redirect a user to a malicious Web site that would appear to be trusted. This could allow the attacker to obtain highly sensitive information or conduct further attacks against the victim.
CVSS Base Score: 7.4
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/S:C/C:N/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

WebSphere Commerce versions and higher
WebSphere Commerce versions and higher
WebSphere Commerce versions and higher


To prevent this type of open redirect attack, implement RewriteRules to allow only known hosts to access the system. More on this is mentioned here in Blocking unrecognized hostnames.

As an example, the following can be added to your IBM HTTP Server (IHS) configuration file (httpd.conf):

    RewriteEngine ON
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !
    RewriteRule .* - [F]
Note: Substitute 'mycompanyname' with the hostname(s) of your site.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related information

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This vulnerability was reported to IBM by John Moss, IRM Security (

Change History

06 July 2017: 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.


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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Commerce WebSphere Commerce - Express Security IBM i, Linux, Windows 7.0, 6.0 Express
Commerce WebSphere Commerce Developer Enterprise Security Windows 8.0, 7.0, 6.0 All Editions
Commerce WebSphere Commerce Professional Security AIX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows 8.0, 7.0, 6.0 Professional Edition

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Commerce Enterprise

Software version: 6.0, 7.0, 8.0

Operating system(s): AIX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 2005360

Modified date: 06 July 2017