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The POODLE vulnerability has been gaining attention throughout our field. The SSL 3.0 “POODLE” Security Vulnerability -- CVE-2014-3566 has affected several BMC products and does impact BPPM.


POODLE stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption. This vulnerability allows a man-in-the-middle attacker to decrypt ciphertext using a padding oracle side-channel attack. More details are available in the upstream OpenSSL advisory.


POODLE affects older standards of encryption, specifically Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version 3. It does not affect the newer encryption mechanism known as Transport Layer Security (TLS).


The SSL protocol 3.0, as used in OpenSSL through 1.0.1i and other products, uses nondeterministic CBC padding, which makes it easier for man-in-the-middle attackers to obtain cleartext data via a padding-oracle attack, aka the "POODLE" issue.


Impacted BPPM versions:

BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite 9.6

BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite Server 9.5

BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite Server 9.0

BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite Server 8.6


For additional products affected, please visit BMC Product Information on POODLE vulnerability

BMC is providing a workaround for the security vulnerability of POODLE on BPPM Server systems.  BPPM does not utilize the feature that is vulnerable but Apache is installed as part of the installation.

It should be noted that if you upgrade your release version you will need to reapply this workaround as the same Apache .conf file will be overwritten.

1. Stop BPPM Server with "pw system stop"

2. Please backup the following files

For BPPM 9.5 and 9.6 versions -->  <BPPM HOME>\pw\apache\conf\extra\httpd-ssl.conf (Windows)

                                                          <BPPM HOME>/pw/apache/conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf (Linux/Solaris)

For BPPM 9.0 and 8.6 versions -->  <BPPM HOME>\pw\ApacheGroup\Apache\conf\httpd-ssl.conf (Windows)

                                                         <BPPM HOME>/pw/Apache/conf/httpd-ssl.conf (Linux/Solaris)

                                                         <BPPM HOME>/pw/Apache/conf/httpd-ssl.conf (Linux/Solaris)

3. Make the following change in the platform specific file and save the file

Add the following line in the httpd-ssl.conf file in the "SSL Cipher Suite" section:

SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3

4. Restart the ProactiveNet Server with "pw system start"





That's it, once the change is made and saved, there should no longer be an issue with the Poodle vulnerability. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Support. This information is also referenced in our Knowledge Base under How to disable Apache SSL V3.0 in BPPM for POODLE vulnerability



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