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Security Bulletin: GNU C library (glibc) vulnerability affects IBM Storwize V7000 Unified (CVE-2015-7547)

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IBM Storwize V7000 Unified is shipped with GNU glibc, for which a fix is available for a security vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

A GNU C library (glibc) stack-based buffer overflow in getaddrinfo() vulnerability affects IBM Storwize V7000 Unified.
CVEID: CVE-2015-7547

DESCRIPTION: GNU C Library (glibc) is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking by the nss_dns backend for the getaddrinfo() function when performing dual A/AAAA DNS queries. By sending a specially crafted DNS response, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause the application to crash.

CVSS Base Score: 8.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Storwize V7000 Unified

The product is affected when running code releases to and to


A fix for these issues is in version and of IBM Storwize V7000 Unified. Customers running an affected version of IBM Storwize V7000 Unified should upgrade to or or a later version, so that the fix gets applied.

Latest Storwize V7000 Unified Software

Once updates have been applied, any process using glibc will need to be restarted. During upgrade, system nodes of IBM Storwize V7000 Unified are rebooted.

IBM recommends that you review your entire environment to identify vulnerable releases of glibc including your Operating Systems and take appropriate mitigation and remediation actions. Please contact your Operating System provider for more information.

Workarounds and Mitigations

Mitigation(s) : Although IBM recommends that you install a level of code with a fix for this vulnerability, you can mitigate, although not eliminate, your risk until you have done so by ensuring that all users who have access to the system are authenticated by a firewall, which is configured to drop UDP DNS packets larger than 512 bytes and limit all replies to 1024 bytes when TCP protocol is being used.

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Change History

19 February 2016: First draft

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Document information

More support for: IBM Storwize V7000 Unified (2073)

Version:, 1.6

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: S1005682

Modified date: 07 July 2016