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Security Bulletin: Denial of Service in Apache CXF used by Liberty for Java for IBM Cloud (CVE-2017-12624)

Security Bulletin


There is a potential denial of service in Apache CXF that is used by WebSphere Application Server.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-12624
Apache CXF is vulnerable to a denial of service. By using a specially crafted message attachment header, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the JAX-WS and JAX-RS services stop responding.
CVSS Base Score: 5.3
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:N/I:N/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects all versions of Liberty for Java in IBM Cloud up to and including v3.18.


To upgrade to Liberty for Java v3.19-20180313-1017 or higher, you must re-stage or re-push your application.

To find the current version of Liberty for Java in IBM Cloud 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-18.0.0_1, buildpack-v3.19-20180313-1017, ibmjdk-1.8.0_20180214, 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

03 April 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 #: 2015296

Modified date: 15 June 2018