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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in RC4 stream cipher
affects IBM DB2 LUW (CVE-2015-2808)
14 April 2015
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM DB2 LUW
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 DB2 LUW
More support for:
DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
9.5, 9.7, 9.8, 10.1, 10.5
AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows
Advanced Enterprise Server, Advanced Workgroup Server, Enterprise Server,
Express, Express-C, Personal, Workgroup Server
The RC4 Bar Mitzvah Attack for SSL/TLS affects IBM DB2 LUW.
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
Customers who have Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support enabled in their client
configuration using LDAP security plug-in to communicate with LDAP server are
affected. SSL support is not enabled in LDAP security plug-in by default.
All fix pack levels of IBM DB2 V9.5, V9.7, V10.1 and V10.5 editions listed
below and running on AIX, Linux, HP, Solaris or Windows are affected.
IBM DB2 Express Edition
IBM DB2 Workgroup Server Edition
IBM DB2 Enterprise Server Edition
IBM DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition
IBM DB2 Advanced Workgroup Server Edition
IBM DB2 Connect Application Server Edition
IBM DB2 Connect Enterprise Edition
IBM DB2 Connect Unlimited Edition for System i
IBM DB2 Connect Unlimited Edition for System z
IBM DB2 pureScale Feature for Enterprise Server Edition, V9.8, running on AIX
or Linux is affected.
The IBM data server client and driver types are as follows:
IBM Data Server Driver Package
IBM Data Server Driver for ODBC and CLI
IBM Data Server Runtime Client
IBM Data Server Client
Workarounds and Mitigations
For V9.5 and V9.8 customers, this problem can be mitigated by setting the
environment variable LDAP_OPT_SSL_FIPS_PROCCESSING_MODE.
Customers should set the environment variable
LDAP_OPT_SSL_FIPS_PROCCESSING_MODE on each DB2 server instance as follows:
1) As the DB2 instance owner, add the following line to the userprofile file
that is located under the sqllib directory:
2) As a user with DB2 SYSADM privilege, run the following commands:
The commands above assume that DB2ENVLIST registry variable is not set. If it
is set, the environment variable names need to be delimited with a space. For
example, if DB2ENVLIST is already set to SOME_ENV, it needs to be set as
db2set DB2ENVLIST="SOME_ENV LDAP_OPT_SSL_FIPS_PROCCESSING_MODE"
Set the LDAP_OPT_SSL_FIPS_PROCCESSING_MODE environment variable at system
level. You will need to restart the DB2 server for the environment variables
to be picked up by DB2.
Variable name: LDAP_OPT_SSL_FIPS_PROCCESSING_MODE
Variable value: ON
For V9.7, V10.1 and V10.5 customers, this problem can be mitigated by enabling
FIPS mode in the LDAP security plug-in.
Customers with the fix pack level of V9.7 FP9, V10.1 FP4, V10.5 GA or higher
should follow the instruction below to mitigate the problem.
Customers with fix pack level of V9.7 FP8 or lower, V10.1 FP3 or lower should
upgrade to the latest fix pack. Then follow the instruction below to mitigate
Customers should enable FIPS mode in LDAP security plugin-in as follows:
1. As the DB2 instance owner, open up the LDAP security plugin-in
The default name and location for the IBM LDAP security plug-in configuration
On UNIX: INSTHOME/sqllib/cfg/IBMLDAPSecurity.ini
On Windows: %DB2PATH%\cfg\IBMLDAPSecurity.ini
Optionally, it could be resided in the location defined by the
DB2LDAPSecurityConfig environment variable
2. Search for the FIPS_MODE configuration parameter in the file and change its
value to true. Save and close the file.
; To set SSL encryption FIPS mode on or off.
; Optional; Valid values are true (on) and false (off). Defaults to
; false (FIPS mode off).
FIPS_MODE = true
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