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Security Bulletin: IBM WebSphere Transformation Extender Secure Adapter Collection 8.4.1.1 CPU utilization and insecure Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (CVE-2014-0963, CVE-2014-0076)

Security Bulletin


Summary

IBM WebSphere Transformation Extender Secure Adapter Collection product is affected by two issues: one related to the TLS implementation which, under very specific conditions, can cause CPU utilization to rapidly increase, the other related to an insecure Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm.

Vulnerability Details


CVE ID: CVE-2014-0963
Description: Multiple IBM products are affected by a problem with the handling of certain SSL messages. The TLS implementation can, under very specific conditions, cause CPU utilization to rapidly increase. The situation occurs only in a certain error case that causes a single thread to begin looping. If this happens multiple times, more threads will begin to loop and an increase in CPU utilization will be seen. This increase could ultimately result in CPU exhaustion and unresponsiveness of the products and other software running on the affected system.
CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/92844 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

Workarounds and Mitigations:

Method One) Monitor CPU utilization of IBM WebSphere Transformation Extender Launcher Agent instances. If utilization becomes abnormally high, stop and restart the affected instance.

Method Two) Configure WTX Launcher Agent to use the legacy security protocol, which does not use GSKit. To do this, perform the following for every WTX instance in your environment:
1. Rename m4gskssl.dll or m4gskssl.so to a different extension (e.g. .dll_disable for windows, .so_disable for UNIX). The older security protocol stack, as implemented by mercssl.dll or mercssl.so, will then be automatically used.
2. In the [SSL_SERVER] section of the dtx.ini configuration file, set
secure_mode=0
If secure_mode is set to a value other than zero, then WTX will fail all secure communications, since mercssl module does not implement NIST compliance.



CVE ID: CVE-2014-0076
Description: OpenSSL could allow a local attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an implementation error in ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm). An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using the FLUSH+RELOAD cache side-channel attack to recover ECDSA nonces.
CVSS Base Score: 2.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/91990 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)
Workarounds and Mitigations: None.

Affected Products and Versions

IBM WebSphere Transformation Extender Secure Adapter Collection 8.4.1.1

Remediation/Fixes

Download and install IBM WebSphere Transformation Extender Secure Adapter Collection 8.4.1.2 from http://www.ibm.com/software/howtobuy/passportadvantage

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Change History

20 May 2014 - Initial copy published.
13 June 2014 - Since the 8.4.1.2 fix pack is now available, deleted instruction to request a patch, and instead instruct users to install the 8.4.1.2 fix pack.
26 June 2014 - Updated to include CVE-2014-0076.

*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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Product Synonym

WTX

Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018

UID

swg21673600