IBM MQ Internet Pass-Thru is an IBM MQ base product extension that can be used to implement messaging solutions between remote sites across the internet.
IBM MQ Internet Pass-Thru (MQIPT) makes the passage of IBM MQ channel protocols into and out of a firewall simpler and more manageable, by tunnelling the protocols inside HTTP or by acting as a proxy.
MQIPT runs on the platforms indicated in the hardware and software requirements below. It uses the Java runtime Environment (JRE) supplied.
Used as a proxy, MQIPT is placed in the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) on an Internet firewall and relays IBM MQ protocol flows from an IBM MQ client or queue manager on the external Internet, to a destination queue manager inside the firewall. This enables inbound IBM MQ communication through the firewall from an address that is in the secure DMZ. This is likely to be more acceptable to firewall administrators than an arbitrary external Internet address.
Placing a pair of MQIPT servers in the path of an IBM MQ channel connection enables HTTP wrappers to be added to the protocol flow. This enables the IBM MQ connection to pass inbound through an HTTP application firewall, or outbound through an HTTP proxy. A pair of MQIPT servers can also be used to encrypt all data flows, using SSL or TLS.
MQIPT can also act as a concentrator of IBM MQ connections, which simplifies firewall configuration when multiple IBM MQ clients or queue managers require access through an Internet firewall.
MQIPT can be configured to act as a SOCKS client or SOCKS server, for making outbound connections.
These modes of operation of MQIPT give greater flexibility to the connection of IBM MQ channels through a variety of firewall and network topologies and facilitate many application models - particularly in the B2B environment.
MQIPT does not require any changes to IBM MQ application code, and only a minor modification to the hostname/port setting in MQ channel definitions.
Skill Level Required
This SupportPac should be installed by an IBM MQ system administrator or network administrator. Configuration and implementation of this SupportPac requires a basic understanding of TCP/IP networking and a knowledge of Internet firewall administration.
New in this Release
- Security fixes and JRE update for Solaris.
For information about new features and changes in MQIPT Version 9.1.4 and higher, see What's new and changed in IBM MQ 9.2.0 in the IBM MQ Version 9.2 documentation.
3DES ciphers are no longer considered secure and are disabled by default from MQIPT version 220.127.116.11.
To improve security, DES40_CBC ciphers are no longer enabled by default in the JRE update to 18.104.22.168, and any later JRE updates. This affects the following CipherSuites in MQIPT:
If you are aware of the potential hazards but still have a need to use one of these CipherSuites, you can add support for it by removing the corresponding algorithm from the list of disabled algorithms (jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms) in the java.security file, found in mqipt_path/java/jre/lib/security/, where mqipt_path is the location where MQIPT is installed.
Owner: Gwydion Tudur, IBM MQ Development, IBM United Kingdom Laboratories
Last Updated: 25Nov20
Current SupportPac Version: 22.214.171.124
Latest MQIPT fix list can be found here.
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Please see full hardware and software prerequisites for the MQIPT SupportPac in the ms81.txt file below.
From Version 9.1.4, MQIPT is available on the Linux, AIX and Windows platforms that IBM MQ supports, as described in System Requirements for IBM MQ V9.1.
For installation instructions for MQIPT Version 9.2.x, see Installing and uninstalling IBM MQ Internet Pass-Thru in the IBM MQ V9.2 Knowledge Center.
To install the MQIPT V2.1 SupportPac on a Windows platform, follow these steps:
• Download file ms81_x86_nt_4.zip to a temporary directory (for example C:\temp).
• Create a new directory where you want MQIPT to be installed (for example C:\MQIPT).
• Move the downloaded ms81_x86_nt_4.zip to the new MQIPT installation directory.
• Uncompress using InfoZip Unzip. If you use other unzip programs, ensure you specify the option to re-create stored directories.
• It is recommended to make the MQIPT installation directory read-only by revoking write permissions from all users.
• To create MQIPT icons on the Start menu, run the following command from an Administrator command prompt:
C:\MQIPT\bin\mqiptIcons -install installation_name
To install the MQIPT V2.1 SupportPac on a UNIX or Linux platform, you must log on as the root user. Then perform the following steps:
• Download the tar file to a temporary directory (for example /tmp).
• Create a new directory where you want MQIPT to be installed (for example /opt/mqipt).
• Move the downloaded tar file to the new MQIPT installation directory, for example:
mv /tmp/ms81_x86_linux_2.tar /opt/mqipt
• Unpack the tar file, for example:
tar xf ms81_x86_linux_2.tar
• To increase security, set the file permissions for your installed files so that they are read-only. For example:
chmod -R /opt/mqipt/* a-w
Note: failure to run the tar command as root is likely to result in "permission denied" errors.
For more information about installation and migration from the previous release, refer to the Readme file that is provided with MQIPT and documentation.
JRE update installation instructions:
Periodically IBM releases an updated JRE for use with MQIPT in order to provide the latest Java security fixes. Updated JREs for the MQIPT V2.1 SupportPac can be downloaded via the Download package link, in the Security Update JRE for MS81 section. To install a new JRE for MQIPT, follow the instructions here. The MQIPT version number is not affected by installing a new MQIPT JRE. To determine which MQIPT JRE is currently installed, use the mqiptVersion -v command.
Category 3 WebSphere MQ (MQSeries) SupportPacs are supplied under the standard terms and conditions provided by the International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and thus carry program defect service.
Please read the licence files that accompany the SupportPac to ensure you understand the conditions under which the SupportPac is provided.
If you encounter what you believe to be a defect with the SupportPac you may request Program Services by reporting the problem via the same defect reporting channel you employ for the WebSphere MQ or MQSeries server product(s) on which you are using the SupportPac.
This End of Support for this MS81 SupportPac is 30th September 2020.
01 December 2020