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Security Bulletin: DB2 local escalation of privilege vulnerability affects Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Server (CVE-2016-5995)

Security Bulletin


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-2016-5995
DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows is vulnerable to a privilege escalation due to code being built with binaries with libraries in insecure locations. A local user could place a malicious library in a location that a SETGID or SETUID binary would execute and gain root level access.
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

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

  • through on AIX, HP-UX, and Linux platforms only
  • through on Linux platforms only

Note that this vulnerability has been fixed in


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Change History

27 February 2017 - Original version published

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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 6.3, 7.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: 6.3, 7.1

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

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1998885

Modified date: 01 March 2017

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