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Security Bulletin: IBM Kenexa LMS On Premise - IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition Quarterly CPU - Jan 2020 - Includes Oracle Jan 2020 CPU (CVE-2019-4732)

Security Bulletin


We have identified that the IBM Kenexa LMS On Premise is affected by one or more security vulnerabilities. These have been addressed in LMS 6.1.0 version.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2019-4732
DESCRIPTION:   IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition Version through, through, and through could allow a local authenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by DLL search order hijacking vulnerability in Microsoft Windows client. By placing a specially-crafted file in a compromised folder, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system. IBM X-Force ID: 172618.
CVSS Base score: 7.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Kenexa LMS on premiseLMS 6.1 and Below


IBM recommends updating to the latest release for customers who are using an affected version. The new version is available at IBM Passport Advantage web site.

Once on version 6.1, please proceed to download and apply the provided fix via Fix Central.


Steps to Download from Fix Central

  • Log in to Fix Central (
  • Select " IBM Kenexa LMS” from the Product Selector dropdown
  • Select "6.1" from the Installed version dropdown
  • Select "Windows" from the Platform dropdown
  • Click "Continue"
  • Select "Browse for Fixes” and click "Continue"

Download the following 3 files:

  • Participate_jdk64 
  • LMS_ibmsdk64 
  • LMS_ibmsdk32 

Steps to Follow in Version 6.1 ONLY:

1. Stop LMS and Participate Services

2. Perform Backups

    i) In the LMS installation directory, perform a backup of the existing JDK directories by renaming the Java directories ibmsdk32 and ibmsdk64.  We suggest appending "_backup” to the end.
    ii) In the Participate installation (root) directory, perform a backup of the existing Java directory located in the following path ({Install_Directory}\jdk\windows\jdk64)  by renaming the directory. Suggest appending "_backup” to the end.


Important Note:  If the Step 1 (stopping of services) did not complete, you might have issues renaming the folders. Please ensure all Participate and LMS services are no longer running prior to renaming/taking backup


3. Download the Latest JDK files from Fix Central (see above)

4. Once you have the new files, place the unzipped contents of the new JDK into the respective LMS and PE directories. Please ensure that the directory names of the new JDK is the same as the earlier one (prior to backup) for both LMS and PE.

4. Run Install.bat (via CMD) on PE and Auto Configuration on the LMS

Important Note:  Once completed the Step:4 for JDK updates, needs to deploy the latest patches of LMS, Participate which has exists in FixCentral in to application in order to support Java version changes

5. Start services.


Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

20 May 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


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Document Information

Modified date:
21 May 2020