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Security Bulletin: A vulnerability in PHP affects PowerKVM (CVE-2016-5385)

Security Bulletin


PowerKVM is affected by a vulnerability in PHP. IBM has now addressed this vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-5385
PHP could allow a remote attacker to redirect HTTP traffic of CGI application, caused by the failure to protect applications from the presence of untrusted client data in the HTTP_PROXY environment variable. By using a specially-crafted Proxy header in a HTTP request, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to redirect outbound HTTP traffic to arbitrary proxy server. This is also known as the "HTTPOXY" vulnerability.
CVSS Base Score: 8.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

PowerKVM 2.1 and PowerKVM 3.1


Customers can update PowerKVM systems by using "yum update".

Fix images are made available via Fix Central. For version 3.1, see for update 2 or later.

For version 2.1, see PowerKVM Update 12 at or later. Customers running v2.1 are, in any case, encouraged to upgrade to v3.1.

For v2.1 systems currently running fix levels of PowerKVM prior to 2.1.1, please see for prerequisite fixes and instructions.

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Change History

25 August 2016 - Initial Version

*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 Information

Modified date:
17 June 2018