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Security Bulletin: Vulnerablity in Apache Log4j may affect IBM Tivoli Monitoring installed WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2021-44228)

Security Bulletin


The following security issue has been identified in the WebSphere Application Server included as part of IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) portal server. Note that log4j 2.x is not actually used by ITM but is present as part of the Tivoli Portal Server component installation as it prereqs and installs WebSphere Application Server. WebSphere Application server includes log4j in an installable ear file, uddi.ear, that is not automatically deployed. You can safely remove this uddi.ear file.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-44228
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Log4j could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by the failure to protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints by JNDI features. By sending a specially crafted code string, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to load arbitrary Java code on the server and take complete control of the system. Note: The vulnerability is also called Log4Shell or LogJam.
CVSS Base score: 10
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s) Version(s)
IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.3.0 fix pack 7 service pack 5(or later service pack)


Fix Name VRMF Remediation/Fix Download Fix Pack 7 Service Pack 10
6.X.X-TIV-ITM_TEPS_WAS-IHS_ALL_8.55.20.02 Fix Pack 7 Service Pack 5 or later

Workarounds and Mitigations

The vulnerable log4j library is included in an installable but not deployed application ear file, uddi.ear. 

If you haven't yet applied the 6.X.X-TIV-ITM_TEPS_WAS-IHS_ALL_8.55.20.02, which fixes the uddi.ear, you can delete the ear file without any issues.

The uddi.ear file is located in the "iw" component platform (PLAT) directory under your CANDLEHOME installation directory.

For Unix or Linux run:  $CANDLEHOME/bin/cinfo -t iw

and use the platform (PLAT) column in the output

i.e. rm $CANDLEHOME/aix536/iw/installableApps/uddi.ear


   del %CANDLE_HOME%\CNPSJ\installableApps\uddi.ear

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Change History

14 Dec 2021: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
30 December 2022