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Security Bulletin: Security vulnerabilities in Node.js modules affect IBM Business Process Manager (BPM) Configuration Editor (CVE-2014-6394, CVE-2014-7191)

Security Bulletin


Security vulnerabilities have been reported for some dependent Node.js modules. IBM Business Process Manager includes a stand-alone tool for editing configuration properties files that is based on open source Node.js technology.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-6394
Description: Node.js might allow a remote attacker to traverse directories on the system. An attacker might send a specially crafted URL request that contains directory traversal sequences to view arbitrary files on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score: for more information
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-7191
Description: Node.js is vulnerable to a denial of service, which is caused by an error in the qs module when parsing a string representing a deeply nested object. An attacker might exploit this vulnerability to block the event loop for an extended period of time and cause a denial of service.
CVSS Base Score: 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score: for more information
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

    • IBM Business Process Manager Express V8.5.5
    • IBM Business Process Manager Standard V8.5.5
    • IBM Business Process Manager Advanced V8.5.5


Install IBM Business Process Manager interim fix JR51491 as appropriate for your current IBM Business Process Manager.

Workarounds and Mitigations

IBM BPM Configuration Editor is a stand-alone tool that is shipped as a zip archive. Vulnerabilities can only be exploited after unzipping and starting the server part of the tool. As a work around, you can use any usual text editor to work with IBM BPM configuration properties files.

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Change History

2014-11-05 initial 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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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018