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Security Bulletin: Security vulnerability in Apache Commons FileUpload used by Liberty for Java for IBM Cloud (CVE-2016-1000031)

Security Bulletin


There is a potential vulnerability in the Apache Commons FileUpload used by WebSphere Application Server traditional and WebSphere Application Server Liberty.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-1000031
Apache Commons FileUpload, as used in several products, could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by deserialization of untrusted data in DiskFileItem class of the FileUpload library. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the current process.
CVSS Base Score: 9.8
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:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

These vulnerabilities affect all versions of Liberty for Java in IBM Bluemix up to and including v3.17.1.


To upgrade to Liberty for Java v3.18-20180213-1234 or higher, you must re-stage or re-push your application.

To find the current version of Liberty for Java in IBM Bluemix being used, from the command-line Cloud Foundry client by running the following commands:

cf ssh <appname> -c cat "staging_info.yml"

Look for the following lines:

{"detected_buildpack":"Liberty for Java(TM) (WAR, liberty-xxx,, ibmjdk-1.8.0_xxx, env)","start_command":".liberty/initial_startup.rb"}

To re-stage your application using the command-line Cloud Foundry client, use the following command:

cf restage <appname>

To re-push your application using the command-line Cloud Foundry client, use the following command:

cf push <appname>

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

20 February 2018: Original document published

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Document information

More support for: Liberty for Java for Bluemix

Component: --

Software version: Version Independent

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 2013713

Modified date: 15 June 2018