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Security Bulletin: IBM QRadar SIEM can be affected by a command injection vulnerability (CVE-2013-2970)

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A vulnerability has been discovered within the IBM QRadar Security Information and Event Manager (SIEM) software that allows an authenticated user to execute limited operating system commands on the QRadar device and gain limited remote shell access.




A command injection vulnerability has been discovered within the IBM QRadar SIEM software that allows an authenticated user to execute operating system commands as a limited access user on the QRadar device. This access could be used to gain remote shell access as that webservices user. Even though authenticated users of the QRadar SIEM do not necessarily have shell access, action should be taken to ensure this issue is patched as soon as possible.

The attack can be conducted over the internet. Some degree of specialized knowledge and techniques are required to conduct this attack. Multiple authentication attempts are required for this attack. An exploit may have a limited impact on the confidentiality of information and the integrity of data and could reduce performance / cause interruptions to availability.


CVSS Base Score: 6.0
CVSS Temporal Score: See
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/AU:S/C:P/I:P/A:P)

IBM QRadar Security Information and Event Manager (SIEM) 7.0
IBM QRadar Security Information and Event Manager (SIEM) 7.1


The vulnerability is fixed in the following version of QRadar SIEM:

  • For QRadar SIEM 7.1 - install QRadar SIEM 7.1 MR2 Patch 1
  • For QRadar SIEM 7.0 - Install Interim Fix

  • Workaround(s):


    · Complete CVSS Guide
    · On-line Calculator V2
    · CVE-2013-2970
    · IBM Security Alerts
    · QRadar SIEM 7.1MR2 Patch 1
    · Interim Fix

    IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
    IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

    This vulnerability was reported to IBM by Stephen Hosom

    *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 Flash.

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    Document information

    More support for: IBM QRadar SIEM

    Component: Not Applicable

    Software version: 7.0, 7.1

    Operating system(s): Linux

    Reference #: 1639309

    Modified date: 16 June 2018