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Security Bulletin: vCenter password disclosure via application tracing in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Client and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments:Data Protection for VMware (CVE-2016-6110)

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Summary

The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Client may display the obfuscated VMware vCenter userID and password during VM backup with the INCLUDE.VMTSMVSS option when application tracing is enabled with VMTSMVSS flag. This problem only manifests when the Tivoli Storage Manager Client is used as the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware data mover.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-6110
DESCRIPTION:
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager disclosed unencrypted login credentials to Vmware vCenter that could be obtained by a local user.
CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118265 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This security exposure affects:

  • Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Client levels 7.1.0.0 through 7.1.6.3
  • Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments): Data Protection for VMware levels 7.1.0.0 through 7.1.6.3.

Remediation/Fixes

Tivoli Storage Manager Client Release Fixing VRM Level Platform Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
7.1 7.1.6.4 Linux x86
Windows x64
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24042496

Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware Release Fixing VRM Level Platform Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
7.1 7.1.6.4 Linux
Windows
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24042520

Workarounds and Mitigations

Application tracing is disabled by default. It is normally enabled only when directed by IBM support to troubleshoot an issue.

To minimize exposure to this vulnerability, disable tracing unless required and delete trace files that are no longer needed.

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References

Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

03 January 2017 - Original version published

*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.

Disclaimer

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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments Data Protection for VMware Linux, Windows 7.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager
Client

Software version: 7.1

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1996198

Modified date: 03 January 2017


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