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Security Bulletin: Potential Remote code execution vulnerability in WebSphere Application Server affects IBM Spectrum Control (formerly Tivoli Storage Productivity Center) (CVE-2018-1904)

Security Bulletin


There is a potential remote code execution vulnerability in WebSphere Application Server which affects IBM Spectrum Control (formerly Tivoli Storage Productivity Center).

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1904
DESCRIPTION: IBM WebSphere Application Server could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary Java code through an administrative client class with a serialized object from untrusted sources.
CVSS Base Score: 8.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product Affected Versions
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2.0 -
IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.8 - 5.2.13

The versions listed above apply to all licensed offerings of IBM Spectrum Control. 

Note that 5.3 versions of IBM Spectrum Control are not affected.


The solution is to apply an appropriate IBM Spectrum Control fix. Click on the download link and follow the Installation Instructions. The solution should be implemented as soon as practicable.

Starting with 5.2.8, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center has been renamed to IBM Spectrum Control.

Release First Fixing VRM Level Link to Fix/Fix Availability Target
5.2.x 5.2.14

Note: It is always recommended to have a current backup before applying any update procedure.  

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related Information

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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by noxx

Change History

10 January 2019 - 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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Cross reference information
Product Component Platform Version Edition
Tivoli Storage Productivity Center AIX, Linux, Windows 5.2.0, 5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3, 5.2.4,, 5.2.6,

Document information

More support for: IBM Spectrum Control Standard Edition

Software version: 5.2.8,, 5.2.11, 5.2.12, 5.2.13

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 0793725

Modified date: 10 January 2019