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Security Bulletin: DB2 local escalation of privilege vulnerability affects IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server (CVE-2015-1947)

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Server is affected by an IBM DB2 software vulnerability that can result in a local user gaining root level access to which the user is not entitled.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-1947
IBM DB2 software is vulnerable to a privilege escalation due to a defective build. A local user could place a malicious library in a location where a SETGID or SETUID executable program might run. As a result, the user would gain root level access.
CVSS Base Score: 7.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Server levels:

  • through 7.1.4.x
  • through 6.3.5.x
  • 6.2 all levels
  • 6.1 all levels


Tivoli Storage Manager Server Release Fixing

Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
7.1 7.1.5 IT14412 AIX
Note that this APAR will not be listed in the startup banner.
6.3 6.3.6 IT14412 AIX
6.2 and 6.1 None Upgrade the server to a fixed level (7.1.5 or 6.3.6).

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related information

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Change History

12 April 2016 - Original publish date
03 May 2016 - Added version 5.5 as affected
10 May 2016 - Removed 5.5 as it is NOT affected
25 July 2016 - Added link for 6.3.6 fix

*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 Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1979698

Modified date: 23 August 2017

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