IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog in Cloud Pak for Data is potentially vulnerable to arbitrary code execution due to Java Spring data binding vulnerability (CVE-2022-22965).
DESCRIPTION: Spring Framework could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by the improper handling of PropertyDescriptor objects used with data binding. By sending specially-crafted data to a Spring Java application, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system. Note: The exploit requires Spring Framework to be run on Tomcat as a WAR deployment with JDK 9 or higher using spring-webmvc or spring-webflux. Note: This vulnerability is also known as Spring4Shell or SpringShell.
CVSS Base score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/223103 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)
Affected Products and Versions
|IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog on-prem||3.5.1|
|IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog on-prem||4.0|
IBM strongly recommends addressing the vulnerability now by upgrading.
Install Watson Knowledge Catalog 4.0.8 (Refresh 8) or above: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/cp-data/4.0?topic=new-watson-knowledge-catalog
Install Watson Knowledge Catalog 3.5.10 (Refresh 13) or above: https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-paks/cp-data/3.5.0?topic=new-watson-knowledge-catalog
Workarounds and Mitigations
Get Notified about Future Security Bulletins
02 May 2022: Initial Publication
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06 May 2022