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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in dependent component distributed in IBM Development Package for Apache Spark (CVE-2015-1832)

Security Bulletin


Apache Derby versions up to may be susceptible to an XML external entity (XXE) attack. Hive's metastore, where created, requires Derby when Apache Hadoop data sources are used with Apache Spark. Apache Derby is therefore included in the IBM Development Package for Apache Spark.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-1832
Apache Derby could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by a XML external entity (XXE) error when processing XML data by the XML datatype and XmlVTI. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to read arbitrary files on the system or cause a denial of service.
CVSS Base Score: 6.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Development Package for Apache Spark and earlier releases.


Principal Product and Version(s)

Addressed Apache Derby Version
IBM Development Package for Apache Spark and subsequent releasesApache Derby v10.12.1.1 and subsequent releases
IBM Development Package for Apache Spark and subsequent releasesApache Derby v10.12.1.1 and subsequent releases

Workarounds and Mitigations


IBM recommends upgrading to a remediated release of the IBM Development Package for Apache Spark.

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Change History

9th September 2016 : Original version 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