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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in RC4 stream cipher
affects IBM WebSphere Real Time (CVE-2015-2808)
14 April 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM WebSphere Real Time
Operating System: AIX
Impact/Access: Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2015-2808
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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in RC4 stream cipher affects IBM WebSphere
Real Time (CVE-2015-2808)
More support for:
WebSphere Real Time
The RC4 Bar Mitzvah Attack for SSL/TLS affects IBM WebSphere Real Time
DESCRIPTION: The RC4 algorithm, as used in the TLS protocol and SSL protocol,
could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information. An attacker
could exploit this vulnerability to remotely expose account credentials
without requiring an active man-in-the-middle session. Successful exploitation
could allow an attacker to retrieve credit card data or other sensitive
information. This vulnerability is commonly referred to as "Bar Mitzvah
CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See
https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/101851 for the current
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)
Affected Products and Versions
This vulnerability affects IBM WebSphere Real Time Version 3 Service Refresh 8
Fix Pack 10 and earlier releases
None. The fix for this vulnerability is targeted for inclusion in IBM
WebSphere Real Time Version 3 Service Refresh 9 and subsequent releases.
The APAR for this fix is IV71888.
Workarounds and Mitigations
Modify the security property jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms in the java.security
file to disable the RC4 algorithm, for example:
You should verify applying this configuration change does not cause any
compatibility issues. Not disabling the RC4 stream cipher will expose yourself
to the attack described above. IBM recommends that you review your entire
environment to identify other areas where you have enabled the RC4 stream
cipher and take appropriate mitigation and remediation actions.
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10 April 2015: Original version published
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will
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this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the
Reference section of this Security Bulletin.
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OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.
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