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Security Bulletin: IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions is affected by a Local escalation of privilege vulnerability (CVE-2014-0907)

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A vulnerability in IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions on Linux, Solaris and AIX could allow a local user to gain elevated privilege.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-0907
DESCRIPTION: The IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions products listed below contain a security vulnerability which allows a malicious user to gain root privilege. This vulnerability can only be exploited by users through a local system account login.

CVSS Base Score: 6.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS String: (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager (ITCAM) for Transactions is affected. ITCAM for Transactions contains multiple sub components (Agents). Only the Internet Service Monitor (ISM – Agent code ‘IS’) on AIX, Solaris and Linux is affected. Windows is not affected.

· 7.4
· 7.3
· 7.2
· 7.1


Product VRMF APAR Remediation/First Fix None None None
Will Not Fix None Upgrade to

Workarounds and Mitigations

It is possible for system administrators to lock down binaries paths via setting RPATH utilities (e.g. patchelf on Linux, chrpath on Solaris, db2chglibpath on AIX). This will completely negate the vulnerability.

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Change History

27 June 2014: 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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Document information

More support for: Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions

Software version: 7.4

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1676135

Modified date: 29 July 2014