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Security Bulletin: Password disclosure via trace log in IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server (CVE-2018-1788)

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When tracing is enabled, some passwords may be displayed in the IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server trace file. UPDATED 1/16/2019: Changed "First Fixing VRM Level" in Remediation/Fixes table for 8.1 from 8.1.6 to

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1788
DESCRIPTION: IBM Spectrum Protect Server could disclose highly sensitive information via trace logs to a local user.
CVSS Base Score: 4.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/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 8.1.5.x
  • through


IBM Spectrum Protect
Server Release
First Fixing
VRM Level
Platform Link to Fix
            8.1 AIX
           7.1 AIX


Workarounds and Mitigations

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 securely delete trace files that are no longer needed.

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Change History

31 October 2018 - original version published 16 January 2019 - updated "First Fixing VRM Level" in Remediation/Fixes table for 8.1 from 8.1.6 to

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Cross reference information
Product Component Platform Version Edition
Tivoli Storage Manager Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 7.1 All

Document information

More support for: IBM Spectrum Protect

Component: Server

Software version: 7.1, 8.1

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Software edition: All

Reference #: 0730357

Modified date: 16 January 2019