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Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java SDK affect IBM Spectrum Control (formerly Tivoli Storage Productivity Center) (CVE-2019-2426, CVE-2018-12547, CVE-2018-1890)

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There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® SDK Java™ Technology Edition that is shipped and used by IBM Spectrum Control (formerly Tivoli Storage Productivity Center). These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates for January 2019.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:  CVE-2019-2426
DESCRIPTION: An unspecified vulnerability related to the Java SE Networking component could allow an unauthenticated attacker to obtain sensitive information resulting in a low confidentiality impact using unknown attack vectors.
CVSS Base Score: 3.7
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:L/I:N/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2018-12547
DESCRIPTION: Eclipse OpenJ9 is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking by the jio_snprintf() and jio_vsnprintf() functions. By sending an overly long argument, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause the application to crash.
CVSS Base Score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for more information
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVEID: CVE-2018-1890
DESCRIPTION: IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition Version 8 on the AIX platform uses absolute RPATHs which may facilitate code injection and privilege elevation by local users.
CVSS Base Score: 5.6
CVSS Temporal Score: See  for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:L/I:L/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product Affected Versions
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2.0 -
IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.8 -
IBM Spectrum Control 5.3.0 - 5.3.2
The versions listed above apply to all licensed offerings of IBM Spectrum Control.    


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
  5.3 5.3.3
Note: It is always recommended to have a current backup before applying any update procedure.    

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Related Information

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Change History

23 May 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, 5.2.14, 5.2.15,, 5.2.16,, 5.3.0, 5.3.1, 5.3.2

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 0883086

Modified date: 24 May 2019