Multiple vulnerabilities in the Expat library affect IBM® Db2® Net Search Extender may lead to denial of service or arbitrary code execution. These vulnerabilities have been addressed.
DESCRIPTION: libexpat is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by a use-after free created by overeager destruction of a shared DTD in XML_ExternalEntityParserCreate in out-of-memory situations. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause a denial of service.
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/238951 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)
DESCRIPTION: libexpat could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by a use-after-free in the doContent function in xmlparse.c. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system.
CVSS Base score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/236116 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
All fix pack levels of IBM Db2 V9.7, V10.1, V10.5, and V11.1 server editions on all platforms are affected.
IBM Db2 V11.5 is not affected.
Customers running any vulnerable fixpack level of an affected Program, V9.7, V10.1, V10.5, and v11.1, can download the special build containing the interim fix for this issue from Fix Central. These special builds are available based on the most recent fixpack level for each impacted release: V9.7 FP11, V10.1 FP6, V10.5 FP11, and V11.1.4 FP7. They can be applied to any affected fixpack level of the appropriate release to remediate this vulnerability.
IBM does not disclose key Db2 functionality nor replication steps for a vulnerability to avoid providing too much information to any potential malicious attacker. IBM does not want to enable a malicious attacker with sufficient knowledge to craft an exploit of the vulnerability.
Workarounds and Mitigations
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08 Feb 2023: Updated links for AIX 64-bit and Linux 64-bit, x86-64. (this change does not require a re installation of the fix if already installed)
12 Dec 2022: Initial Publication
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08 February 2023