Security Bulletin: IBM Spectrum Scale V4.1.1, IBM GPFS V4.1, and IBM V3.5 for AIX are affected by a security vulnerability (CVE-2015-7403)
A security vulnerability has been identified in the current levels of IBM Spectrum Scale V4.1.1, IBM GPFS V4.1 and V3.5 that could allow a local attacker to cause the node they are on to crash.
DESCRIPTION: IBM General Parallel File System is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by a user pointer dereference. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the GPFS they are on to crash.
CVSS Base Score: 4
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/107108 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L)
Affected Products and Versions
IBM Spectrum Scale V188.8.131.52 thru V184.108.40.206
IBM GPFS V220.127.116.11 thru V18.104.22.168
IBM GPFS V22.214.171.124 thru V126.96.36.199
Note: Only the AIX platform is affected
For GPFS V3.4 and lower, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release of the product.
Apply IBM Spectrum Scale V188.8.131.52 for AIX or IBM GPFS V184.108.40.206 for AIX as appropriate for your level of code available from Fix Central:
- For IBM Spectrum Scale V4.1.1 and IBM GPFS V4.1 for AIX, apply V220.127.116.11 at
- For IBM GPFS V3.5 apply V18.104.22.168 for AIX at
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*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.
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