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Security Bulletin: IBM MQ Appliance is affected by a man in the middle vulnerability (CVE-2018-1663)

Security Bulletin


IBM MQ Appliance has addressed the following man in the middle vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1663
DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere DataPower Appliances could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by the failure to properly enable HTTP Strict Transport Security. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information using man in the middle techniques.
CVSS Base Score: 5.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM MQ Appliance 8.0
Maintenance levels between and

IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.x Continuous Delivery (CD) Release
Continuous delivery updates 9.0.1 and 9.0.5

IBM MQ Appliance 9.1 Long Term Support (LTS) Release
Maintenance level


IBM MQ Appliance 8.0
Apply fixpack or later.

IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.x Continuous Delivery (CD) Release
Apply Long Term Support (LTS) Release , or 9.1.1 Continuous Delivery Release or later.

IBM MQ Appliance 9.1 Long Term Support (LTS) Release
Apply fixpack or later.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Contact McNamee, Bill and Rocks, Jonathan for acknowledgement information

Change History

20 Dec 2018 : Original version published

*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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Internal Use Only

PSIRT advisory 12323
PSIRT product record 119345

Coordinate with DP PR:116559

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Document Information

Modified date:
04 January 2019