Date: 24 February 2016
References: ESB-2016.0046 ESB-2016.0047 ESB-2016.0049 ASB-2016.0004 ESB-2016.0468 ESB-2016.0485
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in IBM Java SDK affects
Rational Developer for System z (CVE-2015-7575)
24 February 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM Rational Developer for System z
Operating System: AIX
Impact/Access: Access Privileged Data -- Remote with User Interaction
Provide Misleading Information -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2015-7575
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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in IBM Java SDK affects Rational Developer
for System z (CVE-2015-7575)
More support for:
Rational Developer for System z
8.5, 22.214.171.124, 8.5.1, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124,
9.0, 126.96.36.199, 9.0.1, 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 9.1, 9.1.1, 22.214.171.124,
126.96.36.199, 9.5, 9.5.1
AIX, Linux, Windows, z/OS
There is a vulnerability in IBM SDK Java Technology Edition that is used by
Rational Developer for System z. This vulnerability, commonly referred to as
SLOTH, was disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in January 2016.
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Affected Products and Versions
Principal Product and Version(s)
Rational Developer for System z, versions 188.8.131.52 and earlier Rational Developer for System z, versions 184.108.40.206 and earlier Rational Developer for System z, versions 220.127.116.11 and earlier Rational Developer for z Systems, versions 9.5.1 and earlier
IBM has provided patches for all affected versions.
Follow the installation instructions in the README files included with the
The fix can be obtained at the following locations:
Rational Developer for System z Interim Fix 7 for 8.5.x
Rational Developer for System z Interim Fix 7 for 9.0.x
Rational Developer for System z Interim Fix 7 for 9.1.x
Rational Developer for System z Interim Fix 2 for 9.5.x
Workarounds and Mitigations
Users of Java 7 and later can address the issue by updating the
/jre/lib/security/java.security file as follows (both steps are required):
Add MD5 to the jdk.certpath.disabledAlgorithms property - e.g.
jdk.certpath.disabledAlgorithms=MD2, RSA keySize < 1024,MD5
Add MD5withRSA to the jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms property - e.g.
jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms=SSLv3, RC4, DH keySize < 768,MD5withRSA
Java 6 requires code changes in the JSSE component in addition to the
java.security file modifications, so upgrading the JDK is the only solution.
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* 23 February 2016: Original copy published
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will
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FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT
OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.
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