On September 18, 2019, IBM officially released a security bulletin, disclosing an arbitrary file read vulnerability (CVE-2019-4505) in WebSphere (web service deployment middleware), which allows remote attackers to read sensitive files on the server via a crafted URL. This could result in attackers viewing any files in a certain directory, which may aid in further attacks.
Scope of Impact
- WebSphere Application Server Version 9.0
- WebSphere Application Server Version 8.5
- WebSphere Application Server Version 8.0
- WebSphere Application Server Version 7.0
- WebSphere Application Server Version 220.127.116.11 or later (targeted availability 3Q2019)
- WebSphere Application Server Version 18.104.22.168 or later (targeted availability 1Q2020)
- Official Fix
Currently, IBM has released the latest fixes to patch this vulnerability. Affected users should apply these fixes as soon as possible to protect against this vulnerability. These fixes are available at the following link:
Upgrade rules for different affected versions are as follows:
WebSphere Application Server traditional and WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition:
Upgrade V22.214.171.124 through 126.96.36.199 to Fix Pack 188.8.131.52 or later.
Upgrade V184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11 to Fix Pack 18.104.22.168 or later.
WebSphere Virtual Enterprise Edition:
Upgrade to the latest version.
Note: WebSphere Virtual Enterprise V7 and V8 are no longer in full support. IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release/platform of the product.
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