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Security Bulletin: InfoSphere BigInsights affected by vulnerabilities in IBM SDK Java™ Technology Edition (CVE-2013-4002, CVE-2013-5780)

Security Bulletin


InfoSphere BigInsights is vulnerable to two vulnerabilities in IBM SDK Java Technology Edition.

Vulnerability Details


A denial of service vulnerability in the Apache Xerces-J parser used by IBM SDK Java Technology Edition could result in a complete availability impact on the affected system.

CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)


An unspecified vulnerability in Oracle Java SE related to the Libraries component could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.

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 InfoSphere BigInsights version 1.1 through 2.1.2



For versions 2.1 through 2.1.2: Upgrade the JDK to JDK 6 SR15. After downloading the 64-bit JDK from IBM Developer Works, perform the following steps:

  1. Stop InfoSphere BigInsights: $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/bin/
    On each node:
    1. Backup the current JDK: mv $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/jdk $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/jdk_original
    2. Install or unpack the new JDK.
    3. Make sure all executables in the new JDK's bin directory are executable:
      chmod a+x <NEW_JDK_PATH>/bin/*
    4. If the path to the new JDK differs from $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/jdk, create a softlink so that $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/jdk points to the new JDK. e.g., ln -s <NEW_JDK_PATH> $BIGINISHGTS_HOME/jdk
    5. Test that the new JDK is properly installed by running $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/jdk/java -version
  2. Restart BigInsights: $BIGINSIGHTS_HOME/bin/

For versions 1.1 through 2.0, contact customer support.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None known, apply fixes.

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Change History

28 April 2014: Original version published

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Document Information

Modified date:
18 July 2020