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Security Bulletin: Blind SQL injection vulnerability in IBM Business Automation Workflow and IBM Business Process Manager (CVE-2018-1674)

Security Bulletin


IBM Business Process Manager and IBM Business Automation Workflow are vulnerable to blind SQL injection due to insufficient validation of user-provided input in an API.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1674
DESCRIPTION: IBM Business Process Manager is vulnerable to SQL injection. A remote attacker could send specially-crafted SQL statements, which could allow the attacker to view, add, modify or delete information in the back-end database.
CVSS Base Score: 6.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

- IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.0.0 through V8.5.0.2

- IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.5.0

- IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.6.0 through V8.5.6.0 CF2

- IBM Business Process Manager V8.5.7.0 through V8.5.7.0 Cumulative Fix 2017.06

- IBM Business Process Manager V8.6.0.0 through V8.6.0.0 Cumulative Fix 2018.03

- IBM Business Automation Workflow V18.0.0.0 through V18.0.0.1 (released 2018.07)

The issue was introduced in the 8.5.0.x code stream. Earlier versions are not affected.


The recommended solution is to apply the Interim Fix (iFix) or Cumulative Fix (CF) containing APAR JR59569 as soon as practical:



For IBM Business Automation Workflow V18.0.0.0 through V18.0.0.1

For IBM BPM V8.6.0.0 (released 2017.09) through V8.6.0.0 CF2018.03

  • Install CF 2017.12  or later and then apply iFix JR59569 (Note that the BPM V8.6.0.0 CF2018.03 fix can be found by searching for Business Automation Workflow fixes)

For IBM BPM V8.5.7.0 through V8.5.7.0 CF 2017.06

For IBM BPM V8.5.6.0 through V8.5.6.0 CF2

  • Install CF2 as required by iFix and then apply iFix JR59569

For IBM BPM V8.5.5.0

For IBM BPM V8.5.0.0 through V8.5.0.2


Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

19 September 2018: initial 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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Document Information

Modified date:
14 September 2022