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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Log4j (CVE-2021-44228) may affect IBM Watson Assistant for IBM Cloud Pak for Data

Security Bulletin


A potential vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) has been identified related to Apache Log4j that may affect IBM Watson Assistant for IBM Cloud Pak for Data.  Several components of IBM Watson Assistant for IBM Cloud Pak for Data use Log4j to log diagnostic data unrelated to customer input. Refer to details for additional information.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-44228
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Log4j could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by the failure to protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints by JNDI features. By sending a specially crafted code string, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to load arbitrary Java code on the server and take complete control of the system. Note: The vulnerability is also called Log4Shell or LogJam.
CVSS Base score: 10
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
 IBM Watson Assistant for IBM Cloud Pak for Data1.5.0, 4.0.0, 4.0.2


IBM strongly recommends addressing the vulnerability now by upgrading to the upcoming latest (v4.0.4) release of IBM Watson Assistant for IBM Cloud Pak for Data which maintains backward compatibility with the versions listed above.

Latest VersionLink to Release (v4.0.4 release information)
 IBM Watson Assistant for IBM Cloud Pak for Data 4.0.4



Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

17 Dec 2021: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
23 December 2021