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Security Bulletin: Password Disclosure via application tracing in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management (CVE-2016-5927)

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management (IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management) may display the Tivoli Storage Manager password when application tracing is enabled.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-5927
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management displays the encrypted Tivoli Storage Manager password in application trace output if application tracing is enabled for the dsmsetpw command using the trace flag GENERAL, SM, SMVERBOSE, or SERVICE.
CVSS Base Score: 4.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following levels of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management (IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management) are affected:

  • through 7.1.4.x
  • through
  • through


Workarounds and Mitigations

With default trace levels (GENERAL, SM, SMVERBOSE, SERVICE), the password is displayed. To minimize exposure to this vulnerability, do not use tracing in the dsm.opt file and prevent tracing of command "dsmsetpw" unless instructed to do so by IBM. Delete existing trace files that are no longer needed.

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Change History

31 August 2016 - Original version published
6 September 2016 - Added APAR number

*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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Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management

Software version: 6.3, 6.4, 7.1

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1989006

Modified date: 06 September 2016