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Security Bulletin: IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog (with Information Server) is affected by a Cryptographic vulnerability

Security Bulletin


A Cryptographic vulnerability was addressed by IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog (with Information Server).

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2019-4220
DESCRIPTION: IBM InfoSphere Information Server stores a common hard coded encryption key that could be used to decrypt sensitive information.
CVSS Base Score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following products, running on all supported platforms, are affected:
IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog (with Information Server): version
IBM InfoSphere Information Server on Cloud: version





Remediation/First Fix

InfoSphere Watson Knowledge Catalog (with Information Server), Information Server on Cloud


1. If you installed Information Server using the original suite release image
       --Do not apply any Watson Knowledge Catalog patch before applying this fix.
       --See Technote to run a script that will fix your Watson Knowledge Catalog installation.

2. If you installed Information Server using the respin image released on May 29, 2019
       upgraded an Information Server 11.7.0.x installation to version
       --No action is needed

Workarounds and Mitigations

See Technote for details.

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Change History

29 May 2019: Original version published
30 May 2019: Updated description of 11.7.1 respin image

*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 134154

[{"Business Unit":{"code":"BU050","label":"BU NOT IDENTIFIED"},"Product":{"code":"SSZJPZ","label":"InfoSphere Information Server"},"Component":"InfoSphere Governance Catalog","Platform":[{"code":"PF002","label":"AIX"},{"code":"PF016","label":"Linux"},{"code":"PF033","label":"Windows"}],"Version":"","Edition":"","Line of Business":{"code":"LOB10","label":"Data and AI"}}]

Document Information

Modified date:
30 May 2019