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Improper Authentication


Severity Medium
Score 5.5/10


The Web Services Security component in IBM WebSphere Application Server 7.0 before Fix Pack 1 (, 6.1 before Fix Pack 23 (,and 6.0.2 before Fix Pack 33 ( does not properly enforce (1) nonce and (2) timestamp expiration values in WS-Security bindings as stored in the custom property, which allows remote authenticated users to conduct session hijacking attacks.

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CWE-287 - Improper Authentication

Improper (or broken) authentication attacks are widespread, and have accounted for many of the worst data breaches in recent years. Improper authentication attacks are a class of vulnerabilities where an attacker impersonates a legitimate user by exploiting weaknesses in either session management or credential management to gain access to the user’s account. This can result in disclosure of sensitive information, and can lead to system compromise, theft, identity theft, and fraud.


Advisory Timeline

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