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Security Bulletin: Weaker than expected security in WebSphere Application Server (CVE-2017-1504)

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WebSphere Application Server traditional added a new feature using the PasswordUtil command to enable AES password encryption. If you used this feature, then you have a potential for weaker than expected security since some passwords did not get encrypted as you might have expected. If you didn't use this new feature, then you are not affected by this vulnerability. This does not affect passwords with the default XOR encoding, or passwords with custom encryption.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-1504
IBM WebSphere Application Server Version could provide weaker than expected security after using the PasswordUtil command to enable AES password encryption.
CVSS Base Score: 5.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following versions and releases of IBM WebSphere Application Server:

  • Version - if you used the PasswordUtil command to enable AES password encryption.


The recommended solution is to apply the interim fix, Fix Pack or PTF containing APAR PI82602 for each named product as soon as practical. This does not affect passwords with the default XOR encoding, or passwords with custom encryption.

For WebSphere Application Server traditional:
For V9.0.0.4:

· Apply Interim Fix PI82602
· Apply Fix Pack or later.

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Important Note

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Change History

01 August 2017: original document published
03 August 2017: added link to IBM support video

*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.


According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES ""AS IS"" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 June 2018