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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in SSLv3 affects GPFS V3.5 for Windows (CVE-2014-3566)

Security Bulletin


SSLv3 contains a vulnerability that has been referred to as the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. SSLv3 is enabled in GPFS V3.5 for Windows

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-3566

DESCRIPTION: Product could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by a design error when using the SSLv3 protocol. A remote user with the ability to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack could exploit this vulnerability via a POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack to decrypt SSL sessions and access the plaintext of encrypted connections.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

OpenSSH for GPFS V3.5 for Windows


In GPFS V3.5.0.21 dated November 2014, IBM upgraded OpenSSH for GPFS on Windows to use OpenSSL 1.0.1j to address this vulnerability. System administrators should update their systems to GPFS V3.5.0.21 by following the steps below.

1. Download the GPFS update package dated November 2014 into any directory on your system. From IBM at

2. Extract the contents of the ZIP archive so that the .msi file it includes is directly accessible to your system.

3. Follow the instructions in the README included in the update package in order to install the OpenSSH msi package. This updated OpenSSH msi package is built using OpenSSL 1.0.1j.

If GPFS multiclustering is configured on Windows nodes, upgrade all OpenSSL packages that may have been installed. The following can be done on a small group of nodes at each time (ensuring that quorum is maintained) to maintain file system availability:

a. Stop GPFS on the node
b. Install the version of OpenSSL
c. Restart GPFS on the node

IBM recommends that you review your entire environment to identify areas that enable the SSLv3 protocol and take appropriate mitigation and remediation actions. The most immediate mitigation action that can be taken is disabling SSLv3.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Document Information

Modified date:
25 June 2021