Vulnerabilities > CVE-2021-38949 - Cleartext Storage of Sensitive Information vulnerability in IBM MQ and Websphere MQ

CVSS 2.1 - LOW
Attack vector
Attack complexity
Privileges required
Confidentiality impact
Integrity impact
Availability impact
low complexity


IBM MQ 7.5, 8.0, 9.0 LTS, 9.1 CD, and 9.1 LTS stores user credentials in plain clear text which can be read by a local user. IBM X-Force ID: 211403.

Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC)

  • Footprinting
    An attacker engages in probing and exploration activity to identify constituents and properties of the target. Footprinting is a general term to describe a variety of information gathering techniques, often used by attackers in preparation for some attack. It consists of using tools to learn as much as possible about the composition, configuration, and security mechanisms of the targeted application, system or network. Information that might be collected during a footprinting effort could include open ports, applications and their versions, network topology, and similar information. While footprinting is not intended to be damaging (although certain activities, such as network scans, can sometimes cause disruptions to vulnerable applications inadvertently) it may often pave the way for more damaging attacks.
  • Lifting Data Embedded in Client Distributions
    An attacker can resort to stealing data embedded in client distributions or client code in order to gain certain information. This information can reveal confidential contents, such as account numbers, or can be used as an intermediate step in a larger attack (such as by stealing keys/credentials).