IBM WebSphere allows an attacker to view plaintext root password in "sas.server.props" file using Java

websphere-java-plaintext-passwords (7698) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


IBM WebSphere stores the root password in plain text in the "$WASROOT/properties/sas.server.props" file during installation. An attacker can create a Java Server Page (JSP) to copy the "sas.server.props" file's contents and view the file while using a Web browser.


Gain Access


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BugTraq Mailing, Thu Dec 13 2001 - 04:36:34 CST: IBM WebSphere on UNIX security alert !.
  • BID-3682: IBM WebSphere JSP Root Password Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2001-1189: IBM Websphere Application Server 3.5.3 and earlier stores a password in cleartext in the sas.server.props file, which allows local users to obtain the passwords via a JSP script.
  • OSVDB ID: 9679: IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) sas.server.props Cleartext Password Disclosure

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 3.0
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server 3.5


Dec 13, 2001

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