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Security Bulletin: IBM WebSphere MQIPT Session IDs are predictable (CVE-2015-0173)

Security Bulletin


The MQIPT Session IDs for HTTP communication that are generated by MQIPT V2.0 and later are predictable.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-0173
IBM WebSphere MQ Internet Pass-Thru HTTP connection management contains a security flaw which could allow interception of MQ message data for non-HTTPS connections.
CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM WebSphere MQ Internet Pass-Thru (SupportPac MS81)

  • Versions and earlier


Replace/upgrade MQIPT installations to IBM WebSphere MQ Internet Pass-Thru or later.

Workarounds and Mitigations

Configure MQIPT to enable HTTPS and avoid using HTTP sessions.

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Change History

11th June 2015: Original version published.

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018