Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in RC4 stream cipher affects IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for UNIX (CVE-2015-2808)


## Summary The RC4 “Bar Mitzvah” Attack for SSL/TLS affects IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for UNIX. ## Vulnerability Details **CVEID:** [_CVE-2015-2808_](<https://vulners.com/cve/CVE-2015-2808>) **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 Attack". CVSS Base Score: 5 CVSS Temporal Score: See [_https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/101851_](<https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/101851>) for the current score CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N) ## Affected Products and Versions IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for Unix 4.2.0 IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for Unix 4.1.0 IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for Unix 4.0.0 ## Remediation/Fixes IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for UNIX by default disables the RC4 stream cipher. If you enabled the RC4 stream cipher you are exposed to the RC4 “Bar Mitzvah” Attack for SSL/TLS. 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. To disable RC4 stream ciphers, open the CD Secure+ Admin Tool and go through the list of node entries. For each entry, go to its TLS/SSL Protocol > TLS/SSL Options tab and remove any RC4 stream cipher from the list shown in the Enabled box. You should verify applying this configuration change does not cause any compatibility issues. Note that the remaining available ciphers are generally CBC ciphers. CBC ciphers are vulnerable to [CVE-2011-3389](<https://vulners.com/cve/CVE-2011-3389>) (BEAST Attack). While the previous recommendation to mitigate CVE-2011-3389 was to not use CBC ciphers, there is now a fix available to mitigate CVE-2011-3389. Therefore IBM recommends to apply the following fix in addition to disabling RC4 stream ciphers: V.R.M.F| APAR| Remediation/First Fix ---|---|--- 4.2.0| IT08276| Apply iFix 020, available on [_Fix Central_](<http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=ibm~Other%2Bsoftware&product=ibm/Other+software/Sterling+Connect%3ADirect+for+UNIX&release=*iFix020*&includeSupersedes=0>) 4.1.0| IT08276| Apply iFix 048, available on [_Fix Central_](<http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=ibm~Other%2Bsoftware&product=ibm/Other+software/Sterling+Connect%3ADirect+for+UNIX&release=*iFix048*&includeSupersedes=0>) 4.0.0| IT08276| Apply 4.0.00 Fix 137, available on [_IWM_](<https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/preLogin.do?source=swg-SterlngLegacyreq>) ## Workarounds and Mitigations None ##

Affected Software

CPE Name Name Version
ibm sterling connect:direct for unix 4.2
ibm sterling connect:direct for unix 4.1
ibm sterling connect:direct for unix 4.0