If a Java or JMS client application uses a channel that does not use SSL/TLS, then setting "PasswordProtection=ALWAYS" in a queue manager's qm.ini file does not stop IBM WebSphere MQ sending a password in clear text across a network during the connection.
Applications that do not set the "USE_MQCSP_AUTHENTICATION_PROPERTY" or "USER_AUTHENTICATION_MQCSP" properties to "true" on the connection are potentially vulnerable.
DESCRIPTION: Under non-standard configurations, IBM WebSphere MQ might send password data in clear text over the network. This data could be intercepted using man in the middle techniques.
CVSS Base Score: 5.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/114722 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 V8.0
IBM MQ V22.214.171.124 and previous maintenance levels.
IBM MQ V9 CD
IBM MQ V9.0.1 only
IBM MQ V9 LTS
IBM MQ V126.96.36.199 only
IBM MQ V8.0
Apply 188.8.131.52 maintenance level.
IBM MQ V9.0.1 CD
Upgrade to 9.0.2
IBM MQ V9 LTS
Apply Fix pack 184.108.40.206
Workarounds and Mitigations
Use SSL/TLS to protect data by specifying a channel cipherspec, and configure client applications to set the "USE_MQCSP_AUTHENTICATION_PROPERTY" (Java client) or "USER_AUTHENTICATION_MQCSP" (JMS client) properties to "true" on the connection.
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20 February 2017: Original version published.
28 February 2017: Clarified affected environments and mitigations.
24 May 2017: Details for 220.127.116.11 added
19 June 2017: HP & Solaris specifics removed
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15 June 2018