IBM WebSphere Application Server plugin-key.kdb spoofing

was-pluginkey-spoofing (74900) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

The WebSphere Application Server Plug-in could allow a remote attacker to conduct spoofing attacks, caused by the use of a default password expiration date in plugin-key.kdb password manager file. After expiration of the password on April 26, 2012 and following a restart of the WebSphere Plugin or modification of the plugin-cfg.xml file, SSL communication will fail. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using man-in-the-middle techniques to read, inject or modify transmitted data.

Note: Following expiration of the password, the WebSphere Plug-in will fail to forward incoming requests when HTTP transports have been explicitly disabled, blocked, or removed, resulting in an availability impact under certain configurations.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 6.8
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: Partial
 
Temporal Score: 5
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Other

Remedy:

Refer to IBM Flash (Alert) 1591172 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.

References:

  • IBM Security Bulletin 1591172: URGENT WARNING! Possible security exposure on April 26, 2012, if using the Web Server Plug-in for WebSphere Application Server.
  • CVE-2012-2162: The Web Server Plug-in in IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 8.0 and earlier uses unencrypted HTTP communication after expiration of the plugin-key.kdb password, which allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information by sniffing the network, or spoof arbitrary servers via a man-in-the-middle attack.
  • OSVDB ID: 81860: IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) WebServer Plugin Expired plugin-key.kdb Password HTTP Communication Encryption Weakness

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.0
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.1
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.0
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.1
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.0

Reported:

Apr 18, 2012

The information within this database may change without notice. Use of this information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are NO warranties, implied or otherwise, with regard to this information or its use. Any use of this information is at the user's risk. In no event shall the author/distributor (IBM Internet Security Systems X-Force) be held liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use or spread of this information.

For corrections or additions please email ignore thisxforceignore this@ignore thisus.ignore thisibm.comignore this

Return to the main page

* 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.
The information within this database may change without notice. Use of this information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition. There are NO warranties, implied or otherwise, with regard to this information or its use. Any use of this information is at the user's risk. In no event shall IBM be held liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use or spread of this information.

About IBM Internet Security Systems

IBM Internet Security Systems is a trusted security advisor to thousands of the world's leading businesses and governments, helping to provide pre-emptive protection for networks, desktops and servers. The IBM Proventia? integrated security platform is designed to automatically protect against both known and unknown threats, helping to keep networks up and running and shield customers from online attacks before they impact business assets. IBM Internet Security Systems products and services are based on the proactive security intelligence of its X-Force? research and development team ? an unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. The IBM Internet Security Systems product line is also complemented by comprehensive Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services. For more information, visit the IBM Internet Security Systems Web site at www.iss.net or call 800-776-2362.