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Security Bulletin: IBM MQ Appliance potential execution of arbitrary commands (CVE-2016-5879)

Security Bulletin


There is potential for malicious users to execute arbitrary commands due to improper validation of the input parameters.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-5879
IBM MQ Appliance could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the system, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input to Disaster Recovery and High Availability commands within the MQCLI. A local attacker could inject arbitrary shell commands using the, which would allow the attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 9.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM MQ Appliance M2000

IBM MQ Appliance M2001


Apply the fix for APAR IT16174

Workarounds and Mitigations

None known; apply fixes.

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Change History

12 August 2016: Original version published

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018