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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in SSLv3 affects Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus (CVE-2014-3566)

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SSLv3 contains a vulnerability that has been referred to as the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. SSLv3 may be enabled in the Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus server components, including the Object Server, Process Agent, and Gateways.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-3566

DESCRIPTION: Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus 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

Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 7.3.0
Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 7.3.1
Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 7.4.0
Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus 8.1.0



Workarounds and Mitigations

Two options (depending on versions):-

1) Configure the OMNIbus server components to use FIPS mode that will disable SSLv3 by default in favour of the more recent and secure protocols such as TLSv1.0/v1.1/v1.2. FIPS mode configuration is described here:

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.

2) Or, with OMNIbus 7.4.0 FP 16 or OMNIbus 8.1.0 FP 15, it is possible to disable individual ciphers per protocol, and so all ciphers for the SSLv3 protocol can be disabled effectively disabling SSLv3 without having to enable FIPS mode. This work was completed under APAR IV97315. The documentation describing this can be found here:

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Change History

21 October 2014: Original Version Published
21 December 2016: Revised "disable SSL" to "disable SSLv3" and mentioned that FIPS mode(s) will use the more secure and more recent TLSv1.0/v1.1/v1.2 protocols.
03 November 2018: Revised Workarounds and Mitigations section to include IV97315 option to disable SSLv3 ciphers.

*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:
07 November 2018