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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in XML Entity Processsing affects IBM License Metric Tool v9.x and IBM BigFix Inventory v9.x (CVE-2016-8980)

Security Bulletin


Summary

The product does not disable external XML Entity Processsing which can lead to information disclosure and denial of service attacks.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-8980
DESCRIPTION:
IBM BigFix Inventory v9.x is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) error when processing XML data. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to expose highly sensitive information or consume all available memory resources.
CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118917 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM License Metric Tool v9.x
IBM BigFix Inventory v9.x

Remediation/Fixes

Upgrade to version 9.2.6 or later using the following procedure:

  • In IBM Endpoint Manager console, expand IBM BigFix Inventory or IBM License Reporting (ILMT) node under Sites node in the tree panel.
  • Click Fixlets and Tasks node. Fixlets and Tasks panel will be displayed on the right.
  • In the Fixlets and Tasks panel locate Upgrade to the newest version of IBM BigFix Inventory 9.x or Upgrade to the newest version IBM License Metric Tool 9.x fixlet and run it against the computer that hosts your server.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

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Change History

16th December 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:
26 April 2021

UID

swg21995013