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Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities affect IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Web console (CVE-2016-2924, CVE-2016-2992 )

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Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in Data Server Manager affect IBM InfoSphere BigInsights Web console and user-supplied input

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-2924
IBM Infosphere BigInsights is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted URL to execute script in a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.
CVSS Base Score: 5.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2016-2992
IBM Infosphere BigInsights is vulnerable to cross-site scripting. This vulnerability allows users to embed arbitrary JavaScript code in the Web UI thus altering the intended functionality potentially leading to credentials disclosure within a trusted session.
CVSS Base Score: 5.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:R/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM BigInsights 4.2


Apply latest Dataserver Manager (DSM) v2.1.2 for BigInsights 4.2, using the rpm for the required Operating System:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 or higher:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 or higher:

1. Stop the Dataserver Manager server (DSM) from the Ambari web interface.
2. Backup the DSM meta data:
For example:

3. Install DSM V2.1.2
3a) Install from package repository: 
yum list IBM-DSM
You  might see the following in the list: IBM-DSM.noarch 2.1.2-0
Install the DSM V2.1.2:
yum install IBM-DSM-2.1.2-0.

3b) Install with rpm command,

rpm -ivh dsm-

4. Make DSM V2.1.2  the current version:
cd /usr/ibmpacks/current
ln -s /usr/ibmpacks/IBM-DSM/ IBM-DSM
chown -R dsmuser:hadoop /usr/ibmpacks/IBM-DSM/
chmod 755 /usr/ibmpacks/IBM-DSM/

5. Restore the backup files by restoring  the default_rep_db folder and privileges.json file back to the DSM V2.1.2 installation path.
6. Start the Data Server Manager version 2.1.2 service from the Ambari web interface.
7. Verify the DSM V2.1.2 status in the Ambari web interface.

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This vulnerability was discovered by Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs

Change History

23 January 2017: Original Version Published

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Document Information

Modified date:
18 July 2020