Natrinsic Supplemental Netezza Documentation
log4j vulnerability & its impact on Netezza Appliances
UPDATED December 22, 2021
This document provides a high level overview of the CVE-2021-44228 log4j security vulnerability and it's impact on Netezza appliances. As of December 16, 2021, the impacts and workarounds/resolutions for this security vulnerability remain something that our engineering team continues to assess, as such there may be further updates to the information contained herein and we recommend checking back for updates.
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Apache Log4j2 2.0-beta9 through 2.12.1 and 2.13.0 through 2.15.0 JNDI features used in configuration, log messages, and parameters do not protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints. An attacker who can control log messages or log message parameters can execute arbitrary code loaded from LDAP servers when message lookup substitution is enabled. In relation to Netezza, log4j is used with the mapreduce cartridge (Analytics). Update December 22, 2021: log4j version 1.x are impacted by CVE-2021-4104. CVE-2021-44228 is not present on Netezza systems. By disabling the mapreduce cartridge, vulnerability CVE-2021-4104 is removed. It can also be noted that most Natrinsic customers who utilize Netezza do not have the mapreduce cartridge in use, but verification can and should be done using the details within this article.
Resolving the security vulnerability requires disabling the mapreduce cartridge functionality by removing the cartridge installation and registration. The steps to do this require that you log into your system as the nz user and issue the following commands:
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