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Security Bulletin: Unauthorized access to ReFS files restored by TSM (CVE-2013-5371)

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Files restored to ReFS from a TSM backup can have incorrect permissions, allowing an unauthorized user to access and modify the files

Vulnerability Details

CVE ID: CVE-2013-5371

During TSM Windows client file backup and archive operations, security permissions of files residing on a Resilient File System (ReFS) are not backed up or archived when SKIPNTSECURITYPERMISSIONS NO is in effect (NO is the default value).

During TSM Windows client file restore and retrieve operations to an ReFS file system, security permissions of files are not restored or retrieved when SKIPNTSECURITYPERMISSIONS NO is in effect (NO is the default value). Instead, the restored or retrieved files will have default permissions. If the default permissions are more permissive, an unauthorized user can gain access to and modify the restored or retrieved files.

CVSS Base Score: 2.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

  • Tivoli Storage Manager Windows client version 6.3.1 (the first release and fix pack where ReFS is supported)
  • Tivoli Storage Manager Windows client version 6.4.0
Note: TSM 7.1 is unaffected



The recommended solution is to apply the fix as soon as practical, and back up all ReFS files again. Please see the 'FIXES' section below for information on the fixes available and the links where the fixes can be downloaded.


TSM Client Release Platform APAR Remediation/First Fix
6.3 Windows IC92933 6.3.2:
6.4 Windows IC92933 6.4.1:
Note: an upgrade to the TSM 7.1 client would also apply the fix

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Related information

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Change History

21 January 2014: Original copy published
27 January 2014: removed the word 'even' from the two sentences that said 'even when SKIPNTSECURITYPERMISSIONS NO', as the lack of backup, restore, archive, and retrieve of the original permissions is being fixed when the value is NO

*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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition Client Windows 6.3, 6.4
Storage Management IBM System Storage Archive Manager Client Windows 6.3, 6.4

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: 6.3, 6.4

Operating system(s): Windows

Reference #: 1662608

Modified date: 27 January 2014

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