IBM e-commerce servers vulnerable to hacks

The tool, SUQ.DIQ version 1.00, allows a hacker to decrypt and obtain passwords from sites that utilise macros used to conduct e-commerce transactions. Passwords of administrators and shoppers could be compromised via this tool, said the advisory.

The affected IBM e-commerce servers include Net.Commerce: v3.1, v3.1.1, v3.1.2, v3.2; WebSphere Commerce Suite: v4.1, v4.1.1; Net.Commerce Hosting Server: v3.1.1, v3.1.2, v3.2; WebSphere Commerce Suite, Service Provider Edition: v3.2; and WebSphere Commerce Suite, Market Place Edition: v4.1. The vulnerability is found on versions of these servers that run on several operating systems, including IBM's AIX operating system, Microsoft's Windows NT and Sun Microsystems' Solaris OS.

According to IBM's advisory, administrators first need to verify whether the site has been exposed to the tool. This involves checking the site log for the possibility of a macro exposure to the tool. If a hack is verified, the next step involves eliminating the exposure, which includes changing administrator passwords and securing the macros used to conduct e-commerce transactions. Other recommendations from IBM include changing access permissions to directories and macros.

According to the BugTraq mailing list on computer security vulnerabilities, IBM's e-commerce platforms support macro tools that do not properly validate requests in user-supplied input. If a request to a vulnerable script is made, the server can disclose sensitive system information, including results of arbitrary queries made to the e-commerce server database, according to BugTraq. The hack also allows a hacker to obtain higher account privileges, BugTraq said.

The mailing list further states that WebSphere Commerce Suite Version 5.1 is not vulnerable to the hack as it uses different macro technology.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?