Security Bulletin: Password Disclosure via instrumentation log in Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Client (CVE-2016-8916)
When using the "set password" Tivoli Storage Manger (IBM Spectrum Protect) client command, the full text of the command and included password is written to the instrumentation log file if instrumentation tracing is enabled. For 188.8.131.52 and higher, instrumentation tracing is enabled by default but can be disabled by using the ENABLEINSTRUMENTATION NO setting. Prior to 184.108.40.206, instrumentation tracing was enabled by using the INSTRUMENT:* testflag.
DESCRIPTION: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager stores password information in a log file that could be read by a local user when a set password command is issued.
CVSS Base Score: 5.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/118472 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)
Affected Products and Versions
The following levels of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Client are affected:
- 220.127.116.11 through 18.104.22.168
- 22.214.171.124 through 126.96.36.199
- 6.3, 6.2, 6.1, and 5.5 all levels (these releases are EOS)
Note that 188.8.131.52 is not affected as the fix has been included in this version.
|Tivoli Storage Manager Client Release||First
|Platform||Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target|
|Use the workaround below or upgrade to 184.108.40.206 using the following link:
|Use the workaround below or upgrade to 220.127.116.11 using the following link:
|6.3 and below||None||None||AIX
|Use the workaround below or upgrade to a fixed level (18.104.22.168 or 22.214.171.124).|
Workarounds and Mitigations
For versions lower than 126.96.36.199:
- Examine dsm.opt (Windows) and dsm.sys (UNIX and Linux) for the presence of the INSTRUMENT:* test flag and remove the setting.
- Scan the client machine's file systems for file names matching the pattern "dsminstr.report.*". Either delete all of these files or delete only those files containing the set password command.
For versions 188.8.131.52 and higher:
- Examine dsm.opt (Windows) and dsm.sys (UNIX and Linux) for the presence of the ENABLEINSTRUMENTATION setting. If it does not exist, add ENABLEINSTRUMENTATION NO to the file, then restart any currently running client processes and services. If the setting does exist, make sure it is set to NO. Also check if INSTRLOGNAME is set; and if it is set, note the specified file name.
- Scan the client machine's file systems for files named "dsminstr.log" and files whose names match whatever is specified by INSTRLOGNAME. Either delete all of these files or delete only those files containing the set password command.
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1 May 2017 - Original version published
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More support for:
Tivoli Storage Manager
Software version: 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1
Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OS X, Solaris, Windows
Reference #: 1998166
Modified date: 01 May 2017
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