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Make the version info in the banner of the CLI commands (direct, ndmcli, ...) & GUIs consult a file in the install tree

We have received several security findings because CD gives version details that will allow hackers info on how to hack the software.

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  • Aug 19 2019
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How will this idea be used?

We would edit the version file with "IBM(R) Sterling Connect:Direct(R) for UNIX "

What is your industry? Banking
What is the idea priority? High
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    Chris Sanders commented
    30 Aug 14:15

    Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM. I have reviewed it thoroughly with my team and we aren't quite sure we understand the security implications that you've mentioned.

    The C:D CLI should only be accessible by users that have permissions to interact with C:D. We would expect that these users should know the version/maintenance that is being used as they would have access to perform other tasks such as submitting processes, checking the status of transfers, potentially making configuration changes, etc. If we have overlooked a specific reason that you believe this causes security concerns I'd be happy to review further however.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Offering Manager

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    03 Sep 18:50


    Multiple security frame works(PCI-DSS, OWASP, etc.) discuss altering software banners to not provide version data to a potential hacker. By placing the banner in a file external to the executable, then administrator of a Connect:Direct install can customize the banner to show legal messages, remove version info, display help phone numbers, etc.

    Indeed as you mention this should only be accessible to users that have access, however, many of the most damaging penetrations of enterprise systems arise from internal actors or valid accounts that have been compromised. Please consider this enhancement as a way to allow your customers to meet this requirement. By comparison understand that sFTP provides this capability.