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Security Bulletin: Apache Commons Configuration Vulnerability Affects IBM Sterling Connect:Direct File Agent (CVE-2020-1953)

Security Bulletin


There is a vulnerability in Apache Commons used by IBM Sterling Connect:Direct File Agent. IBM Sterling Connect:Direct File Agent has addressed the applicable CVE.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2020-1953
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Commons Configuration could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by an issue when allowing the instantiation of classes (including special statements) by default. By persuading a victim to load a specially-crafted YAML file, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system.
CVSS Base score: 8.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
Sterling Connect Direct File Agent1.4.0.0 -


Affected Product(s)Version(s)APARRemediation / First Fix
Sterling Connect Direct File Agent1.4IT37680Apply or later, available on Fix Central
For unsupported versions IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version of the product.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

23 Jul 2021: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
23 July 2021