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Security Bulletin: BigFix Platform 9.5.x affected by vulnerability CVE-2017-1231

Security Bulletin


The BigFix Platform Version 9.5 exhibits a problem in the area of secure credential storage. This vulnerability has been addressed in patch release 9.5.10.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-1231
DESCRIPTION: IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager stores user credentials in plain in clear text which can be read by a local user.
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

Affected IBM BigFix Platform Affected Versions
BigFix Platform 9.5 - 9.5.9

This vulnerability only affects Linux/Unix platforms and affects the credentials related to Server, Web Reports, Relay and Client components that were previously stored in an obfuscated format, and now are encrypted.


Apply the upgrade-patch 9.5.10 by looking for the associated upgrade-patch Fixlet in the Console, then launch and apply it.

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Related Information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog


IBM X-Force Ethical Hacking Team: Ron Craig, Warren Moynihan, Jonathan Fitz-Gerald, John Zuccato, Rodney Ryan, Chris Shepherd, Dmitriy Beryoza

Change History

15 October, 2018: Clarification on scope of the vulnerability 2 October, 2018: 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.


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Document information

More support for: IBM BigFix Platform

Software version: 9.5

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 0724511

Modified date: 06 February 2019