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Security Bulletin: Multiple Vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affect WebSphere Application Server October 2020 CPU

Security Bulletin


There are multiple vulnerabilities in the IBM® SDK, Java™ Technology Edition that is shipped with IBM WebSphere Application Server. These might affect some configurations of IBM WebSphere Application Server Traditional, IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty and IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition. These products have addressed the applicable CVEs. If you run your own Java code using the IBM Java Runtime delivered with this product, you should evaluate your code to determine whether the complete list of vulnerabilities is applicable to your code. For a complete list of vulnerabilities, refer to the link for "IBM Java SDK Security Bulletin" located in the References section for more information. HP fixes are on a delayed schedule.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2020-14797
DESCRIPTION:   An unspecified vulnerability in Java SE related to the Libraries component could allow an unauthenticated attacker to cause no confidentiality impact, low integrity impact, and no availability impact.
CVSS Base score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s) Version(s)
WebSphere Application Server 9.0
WebSphere Application Server 8.5


For WebSphere Application Server Liberty:

  Upgrade to IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition Version 8 SR6 FP20 refer to IBM Java SDKs for Liberty

For Version 9 WebSphere Application Server Traditional:

Update to the IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8 Service Refresh 6 FP20 using the instructions in the IBM Knowledge Center Installing and updating IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition on distributed environments then use the IBM Installation Manager to access the online product repositories to install the SDK or use IBM Installation Manager and access the packages from Fixcentral.

For V8.5.0.0 through WebSphere Application Server Traditional and WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition: 

For the IBM SDK, Java Technology Version that you use, upgrade to the minimal fix pack level of WebSphere Application Server as noted in the interim fix below then apply the interim fixes:

For IBM SDK Java Technology Edition Version 7

  • Apply interim fix PH31486: Will upgrade you to IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 7 Service Refresh 10 Fix Pack 75. 

For IBM SDK Java Technology Edition Version 7R1

  • Apply interim fix PH31485: Will upgrade you to IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 7R1 Service Refresh 4 Fix Pack 75.

For IBM SDK Java Technology Edition Version 8 SR6 FP20

  • Apply interim fix PH31482: Will upgrade you to IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8 Service Refresh 6 FP20. 
  • For environments that have been upgraded to use the new default IBM SDK Version 8 bundled with WebSphere Application Server Fix Pack or later: Apply interim fix PH31484: Will upgrade you to IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8 Service Refresh 6 FP20. 


  • Apply IBM Java SDK shipped with WebSphere Application Server Fix pack 19 ( or later (targeted availability 1Q 2021).
For Application Client for WebSphere Application Server:

Follow instructions above for the WebSphere Application Server to download the interim fix needed for your version of the Application Client.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

07 Dec 2020: Initial Publication
26 Jan 2021: Removed information for CVE-2020-14781 which is deferred to later Java update
24 Feb 2021: Added reference to IBM Java SDK Security Bulletin

*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:
24 February 2021