Security Bulletin: Weaker than expected security in WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2017-1504)
WebSphere Application Server traditional 188.8.131.52 added a new feature using the PasswordUtil command to enable AES password encryption. If you used this feature, then you have a potential for weaker than expected security since some passwords did not get encrypted as you might have expected. If you didn't use this new feature, then you are not affected by this vulnerability. This does not affect passwords with the default XOR encoding, or passwords with custom encryption.
DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 184.108.40.206 could provide weaker than expected security after using the PasswordUtil command to enable AES password encryption.
CVSS Base Score: 5.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/129579 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)
Affected Products and Versions
This vulnerability affects the following versions and releases of IBM WebSphere Application Server:
- Version 220.127.116.11 - if you used the PasswordUtil command to enable AES password encryption.
The recommended solution is to apply the interim fix, Fix Pack or PTF containing APAR PI82602 for each named product as soon as practical. This does not affect passwords with the default XOR encoding, or passwords with custom encryption.
For WebSphere Application Server traditional:
· Apply Interim Fix PI82602
· Apply Fix Pack 18.104.22.168 or later.
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ReferencesComplete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3
Related informationIBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog
01 August 2017: original document published
03 August 2017: added link to IBM support video
*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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More support for:
WebSphere Application Server
Software version: 9.0
Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS
Software edition: Advanced, Base, Developer, Enterprise, Express, Network Deployment
Reference #: 2006803
Modified date: 30 October 2017