The IBM Verify Gateway (IVG) Authd service listens on TCP port 12. It's possible to mount a denial of service attack by sending malformed requests to port 12, thereby crashing the service. As of v1.0.1 of IVG for AIX PAM, and v1.0.2 of IVG for Linux PAM, the Authd service is not used. The PAM module now goes directly to the tenant using TLS encryption.
DESCRIPTION: IBM Verify Gateway (IVG) could allow an authenticated user to send malformed requests to cause a denial of service against the server.
CVSS Base score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/179476 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)
Affected Products and Versions
|IBM Verify Gateway (IVG)||PAM 1.0.0, 1.0.1|
Log in to IBM X-Force Exchange / App Exchange and download and install the latest IBM Security Verify Gateway (renamed from IBM Verify Gateway) PAM components. Specifically:
- IBM Security Verify Gateway for AIX PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) v1.0.1 at https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/hub/extension/e506cf66c5f51340cef3e1b40e8b4840
- IBM Security Verify Gateway for Linux PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) v1.0.2 at https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/hub/extension/80eca9a1094b416db69dfff40eb10c5a
Workarounds and Mitigations
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Jonathan Fitz-Gerald, John Zuccato, Rodney Ryan, Chris Shepherd, Nathan Roane, Kamil Sarbinowski, Vince Dragnea, Troy Fisher and Elaheh Samani from IBM X-Force Ethical Hacking Team.
14 Jul 2020: Initial Publication
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09 March 2021