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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
IBM Security Bulletin: A security vulnerability has been
addressed in IBM Cognos Analytics (CVE-2019-4178)
12 April 2019
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM Cognos Analytics
Operating System: Windows
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Overwrite Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
Access Confidential Data -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2019-4178
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A security vulnerability has been addressed in IBM Cognos Analytics
Product: Cognos Analytics
Component: Not Applicable
Software version: 11.0
Operating system(s): Platform Independent
Reference #: 0879079
This bulletin addresses a security vulnerability that has been fixed in IBM
Cognos Analytics 11.0.13 FP1 as well as 11.0.9-11.0.12 Interim Fixes.
IBM Cognos Analytics could allow a remote attacker to traverse directories on
the system. An attacker could send a specially-crafted URL request to write or
view arbitrary files on the system. This has been addressed.
DESCRIPTION: IBM Cognos Analytics could allow a remote attacker to traverse
directories on the system. An attacker could send a specially-crafted URL
request to write or view arbitrary files on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 6.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/
158919 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:H/A:L)
Affected Products and Versions
IBM Cognos Analytics Versions 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124
The recommended solution is to apply the appropriate fix IBM Cognos Analytics
as soon as practical.
IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.x interim fix addresses a security vulnerability
o IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.13 Fix Pack 1
o IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.12 Interim Fix 2
o IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.11 Interim Fix 2
o IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.10 Interim Fix 3
o IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.9 Interim Fix 2
Workarounds and Mitigations
Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3
IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog
9 April 2019: Original Version Published
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will
ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of
this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the
Reference section of this Security Bulletin.
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.
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