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Security Bulletin: FCM 4.1 UNIX and VMware is affected by a vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160)

Security Bulletin


A security vulnerability has been discovered in OpenSSL in some 4.1 FlashCopy Manager components

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-0160

DESCRIPTION: OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an error in the TLS/DTLS heartbeat functionality. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to expose 64k of private memory and retrieve secret keys. An attacker can repeatedly expose additional 64k chunks of memory. This vulnerability can be remotely exploited, authentication is not required.

CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Warning: We strongly encourage you to take action as soon as possible as potential implications to your environment may be more serious than indicated by the CVSS score.

Affected Products and Versions

A subset of FlashCopy Manager 4.1 components are affected when used with a NetApp or IBM N-series storage device. The components are:


  • 4.1 FlashCopy Manager for DB2
  • 4.1 FlashCopy Manager for Custom Applications
  • 4.1 FlashCopy Manager for Oracle
  • 4.1 FlashCopy Manager for Oracle (with SAP environments)

  • 4.1 FlashCopy Manager for VMware

These FCM 4.1 components are vulnerable only when they initiate and maintain a communication session with a NetApp or IBM N series storage device. The vulnerability does not exist during communication sessions with other types of storage devices or when an external program attempts to initiate an OpenSSL session with FCM.

The following are NOT affected and do NOT require an update:

  • FlashCopy Manager 4.1 Windows components
  • FlashCopy Manager 3.2
  • FlashCopy Manager 3.1
  • FlashCopy Manager 2.2
  • FlashCopy Manager 2.1


After applying the fix, additional instructions are needed for CVE-2014-0160

  • Reset User Credentials of NetApp or IBM N-series storage devices

    Passwords for accounts to connect to NetApp or IBM N-series storage devices should be reset.

Warning: Your environment may require additional fixes for other products, including non-IBM products. Please replace the SSL certificates and reset the user credentials after applying the necessary fixes to your environment.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None known

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Change History

9 May 2014: Original Copy 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: Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager

Software version: 4.1

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris

Reference #: 1672075

Modified date: 09 May 2014