Security Bulletin: IBM InfoSphere Information Server has a network layer security vulnerability
A network layer security vulnerability in InfoSphere Information Server can lead to privilege escalation or unauthorized access.
An unauthorized user could intercept communication between client and server, and replay certain DataStage commands without privileged access.
DESCRIPTION: A network layer security vulnerability in InfoSphere Information Server can lead to privilege escalation or unauthorized access.
CVSS Base Score: 8.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/128466 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:H/A:H)
Affected Products and Versions
The following products, running on all supported platforms, are affected:
IBM InfoSphere Information Server: versions 9.1, 11.3, 11.5 and 11.7
IBM InfoSphere Information Server on Cloud: version 11.5
Workarounds and Mitigations
• Maintain strict and audited access controls to the DataStage client machines.
For guidance on credential mapping:
For a detailed description of Roles, Groups and tasks that can be done:
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/files/basic/anonymous/api/library/0e088c99-9f24-4c5c-a79a-a65ab8323565/document/499cdb07-a12e-43d3-9314-e36e24c148de/media/Administrator Pg. 16-Pg 19
• Limit communication between DataStage Windows Client and Server to be via trusted networks (VPN, Firewall, Private Networks) only
• Monitor access from DataStage Windows Client to DataStage Server
• DataStage Client and Server requires a single port to be opened (default 31538) for communication. Limit opening any other ports between client and server as documented: https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSZJPZ_11.5.0/com.ibm.swg.im.iis.productization.iisinfsv.install.doc/topics/wsisinst_pln_networks.html
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ReferencesComplete CVSS v3 Guide
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Related informationIBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog
This vulnerability was reported to IBM by Goh Zhi Hao, Mohammad Shah Bin Mohammad Esa, Samandeep Singh (Office Singapore) of SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab.
30 July 2017: Original version published
31 July 2017: republished with no changes
23 April 2018: Added release 11.7
*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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|Information Management||InfoSphere Information Server||AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows||9.1, 11.5, 11.3, 11.7|
More support for:
InfoSphere Information Server
Software version: 9.1, 11.3, 11.5, 11.7
Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows
Reference #: 2006063
Modified date: 23 April 2018