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Security Bulletin: XML External Entities Injection Vulnerability in IBM Traveler (CVE-2016-3039)

Security Bulletin


IBM Traveler is vulnerable to a denial of service caused by an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) error when processing XML data.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-3039
DESCRIPTION: IBM Traveler is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an XML External Entity Injection (XXE) error when processing XML data. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to expose highly sensitive information or consume all available memory resources.

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Traveler 8.5.3
IBM Traveler 9.0
IBM Traveler 9.0.1


Traveler and later versions have been updated to address the vulnerability. See APAR LO89357 for details. It is recommended that all Traveler servers be upgraded to Traveler or later. Refer to the following technote for the latest Traveler maintenance: Index of recommended maintenance for IBM Traveler

For versions no longer supported such as IBM Traveler 8.0.1, 8.5.0, 8.5.1 and 8.5.2, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version of the product.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

13 July 2016 - Original version published

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018