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Security Bulletin: IBM® DB2® LUW is vulnerable to Sweet32 Birthday Attack (CVE-2016-2183)

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GSKit is an IBM component that is used by IBM DB2 for SSL support. The GSKit that is shipped with IBM DB2 is vulnerable to the Sweet32 Birthday attack. By default, DB2 does not use SSL for client-server communication and therefore DB2 is vulnerable only if SSL is enabled and a Triple-DES cipher is selected.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-2183
OpenSSL and GSKit could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an error in the Triple-DES on 64-bit block cipher, used as a part of the SSL/TLS protocol. By capturing large amounts of encrypted traffic between the SSL/TLS server and the client, a remote attacker able to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack could exploit this vulnerability to recover the plaintext data and obtain sensitive information. This vulnerability is known as the SWEET32 Birthday attack.
CVSS Base Score: 3.7
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:L/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

All fix pack levels of IBM DB2 V9.7, V10.1, V10.5 and V11.1 editions listed below and running on AIX, Linux, HP, Solaris or Windows are affected

IBM® DB2® Express Edition
IBM® DB2® Workgroup Server Edition
IBM® DB2® Enterprise Server Edition
IBM® DB2® Advanced Enterprise Server Edition
IBM® DB2® Advanced Workgroup Server Edition
IBM® DB2® Direct Advanced Edition
IBM® DB2® Direct Standard Edition
IBM® DB2® Connect™ Application Server Edition
IBM® DB2® Connect™ Enterprise Edition
IBM® DB2® Connect™ Unlimited Edition for System i®
IBM® DB2® Connect™ Unlimited Edition for System z®


No code fix is required. Future fixpacks will prevent Triple-DES cipher from being selected and used.

ReleaseFix packAPAR
V9.7 TBD IT17531
V10.1FP6 IT17645
V10.5 FP9 IT17646
V11.1.2 FP2 IT17647

Workarounds and Mitigations

The database manager configuration parameter SSL_CIPHERSPECS specifies the cipher suites that the server allows for incoming connection requests when using SSL protocol. The following are the Triple-DES ciphers allowed by the server:


If the SSL_CIPHERSPECS parameter have one or more of the above Triple-DES ciphers and no other ciphers then corrective action need to be taken. To prevent a Triple-DES cipher from being used by the server, choose one or more ciphers allowed that is not a Triple-DES cipher. The list of allowed ciphers can be found in the DB2 Knowledge Center.

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Change History

December 15, 2016: Original version published.
January 6, 2017: Corrected APAR URLs.
June 22, 2017: Update V10.1 and V11.1 URL
October 11, 2017: Update V10.5 URL

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018