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Security Bulletin: Weakness in generated service credentials affects multiple Watson Developer Cloud services (CVE-2016-0391)

Security Bulletin


A weakness in generated service credentials that affects multiple Watson Developer Cloud offered through IBM Bluemix has been identified and fixed. Replacement of previously generated credentials is recommended.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0391
DESCRIPTION: Multiple Watson Developer Cloud services offered through IBM Bluemix have provided generated credentials for service authentication where a portion of the credentials for a service instance use insufficient randomness and are therefore subject to potential compromise by cryptanalysis and/or brute force attack.
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:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following Watson Developer Cloud Services on Bluemix are affected:

- Concept Expansion

- Concept Insights

- Dialog

- Document Conversion

- Language Translation

- Natural Language Classifier

- Personality Insights

- Relationship Extraction

- Retrieve and Rank

- Speech to Text

- Text to Speech

- Tone Analyzer

- Tradeoff Analytics

- Visual Insights

- Visual Recognition


Replacement of previously generated credentials is recommended. Instructions can be found here.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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*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:
17 June 2018