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Security Bulletin: Potential Denial of Service in IBM HTTP Server CVE-2014-0098

Security Bulletin


Potential Denial of Service in IBM HTTP Server for IBM WebSphere Application Server.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2014-0098
Description: IBM HTTP Server may be vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by certain cookies being logged in the access log. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the server process to hang or crash. This only affects users that have modified their configuration to add cookie logging.
CVSS Base Score: 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

This problem affects the IBM HTTP Server component in all editions of WebSphere Application Server and all products that bundle WebSphere Application Server:
· Version 8.5.5
· Version 8.5
· Version 8
· Version 7
· Version 6.1


The recommended solution is to apply the Fix Pack for each named product as soon as practical.

Fix:Apply a Fix Pack containing this APAR PI13028, as noted below:

For affected IBM HTTP Server for WebSphere Application Server:

For V8.5.0.0 through Full Profile:

  • Upgrade to a miniumum Fix Pack Level
  • Apply Interim Fix PI13028
  • Apply Fix Pack or later.

For V8.0 through
  • Upgrade to a minimum Fix Pack Level
  • Apply Interim Fix PI13028
  • Apply Fix Pack or later.

For V7.0.0.0 through
  • Upgrade to a minimum Fix Pack Level
  • Apply Interim Fix PI13028
  • Apply Fix Pack or later.

For V6.1.0.0 through
  • Ensure you are at Fix Pack then apply Interim Fix PI13028

Workarounds and Mitigations

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Important Note

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Change History

15 May 2014: Original 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:
15 June 2018