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Security Bulletin: Potential password exposure in IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manger) Server (CVE-2017-1339)

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The IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server may use a weak algorithm for encrypting passwords.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-1339
IBM Spectrum Protect 7.1 and 8.1 (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server uses weak encryption for the password. A database administrator may be able to decrypt the IBM Spectrum protect client or administrator password which can result in information disclosure or a denial of service. IBM X-Force ID: 126247.
CVSS Base Score: 4.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

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

  • through 8.1.1.x
  • through 7.1.7.x
  • 6.3 and below all levels (these releases are EOS)
    Note that 6.4 shipped with 6.3 servers.


IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) Server Release Fixing

Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
8.1 (8.1.2)
Although this issue has been fixed in 8.1.2, it is recommended to upgrade to 8.1.3 of the server using the following link:
7.1 7.1.8 AIX
6.3 and below 6.3 and below are EOS. Customers on these releases can upgrade the server to a fixed level (8.1.3/8.1.2 or 7.1.8).
Note that 6.4 shipped with 6.3 servers.

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Related information

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Change History

02 October 2017 - Original version published
10 October 2017 - Updated CVSS Vector and Score

*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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Storage Management IBM Spectrum Protect Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 7.1, 8.1 All Editions
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 6.3, 6.4, 7.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: IBM Spectrum Protect

Software version: 7.1, 8.1

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

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 2007936

Modified date: 10 October 2017

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