IBM WebSphere Application Server plugin-key.kdb spoofing
|was-pluginkey-spoofing (74900)||Medium Risk|
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.
Refer to IBM Flash (Alert) 1591172 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See 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
- 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
Apr 18, 2012
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