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Security Bulletin: IBM Tivoli Monitoring Buffer Overflow (CVE-2016-2946 )

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A utility shipped as part of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) Shared Libraries ("ax" component) is subject to a buffer overflow.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-2946
IBM Tivoli Monitoring Agent is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow. With specially crafted input, a local attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges.
CVSS Base Score: 8.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

The Shared Libraries ("ax" component) versions 6.2.2 through 6.3.0 FP1 on UNIX and Linux are affected. The Shared Libraries are shipped as part of all ITM components including servers (e.g. portal server, monitoring server) as well as all ITM agents (e.g. OS Agents, Agentless Agents, ITCAM Agents)

The shared libraries on Windows ("GL" component) is not affected on any supported versions.


The patches below update the Shared Libraries ("ax" component) which is shipped as part of all ITM components on UNIX and Linux.

The technote Upgrading Shared Components for IBM Tivoli Monitoring Agents provides information on updating Shared Libraries.

Fix VRMF How to acquire fix
6.3.0-TIV-ITM-FP0002 (and above) 6.3.0 IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.3.0 Fix packs.
6.2.3-TIV-ITM-FP0005-IV85845 6.2.3
IBM Tivoli Monitoring Shared Libraries Upgrade (IV85845)

6.2.2-TIV-ITM-FP0009-IV85845 6.2.2

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This vulnerability reported to IBM by Mathijs Schmittmann

Change History

2016-08-09 : Original Copy Published

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Document information

More support for: IBM Tivoli Monitoring V6

Software version: 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.3.0

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1984578

Modified date: 13 February 2018