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Security Bulletin: Liberty for Java for IBM Cloud is vulnerable to a denial of service (CVE-2019-4720)

Security Bulletin


Summary

There is a denial of service vulnerablility in WebSphere Application Server.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2019-4720
DESCRIPTION:   IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0, 8.0, 8.5, and 9.0 is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by sending a specially-crafted request. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the server to consume all available memory. IBM X-Force ID: 172125.
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/172125 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
Liberty for Java3.37

Remediation/Fixes

To upgrade to Liberty for Java 3.42-20200311-1540 or higher, you must re-stage or re-push your application

To find the current version of Liberty for Java in IBM Cloud being used, from the command-line Cloud Foundry client by running the following commands:

cf ssh <appname> -c cat "staging_info.yml"

Look for the following lines:

{"detected_buildpack":"Liberty for Java(TM) (WAR, liberty-19.0.0_9, buildpack-v3.37-20191002-1726, ibmjdk-1.8.0_sr5fp41-20190919, env)","start_command":".liberty/initial_startup.rb"}

To re-stage your application using the command-line Cloud Foundry client, use the following command:

cf restage <appname>

To re-push your application using the command-line Cloud Foundry client, use the following command:

cf push <appname>

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

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Change History

16 Mar 2020: Initial Publication

*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 Location

Worldwide

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Document Information

Modified date:
17 March 2020

UID

ibm15967987