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Security Bulletin: Tivoli Storage Manager is affected by the following OpenSSL vulnerability: CVE-2014-0224

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Security vulnerabilities have been discovered in OpenSSL that were reported on June 5, 2014 by the OpenSSL Project.

This bulletin was updated on 17 Dec 2014. See Change History below for a summary of the changes.

Vulnerability Details

CVE-ID: CVE-2014-0224
DESCRIPTION: OpenSSL is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack, caused by the use of weak keying material in SSL/TLS clients and servers. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted handshake to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks to decrypt and modify traffic.

CVSS Base Score: 5.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This security exposure affects network connections between the Tivoli Storage Manager client and VMware or NetApp services only and affects the Tivoli Storage Manager Backup-Archive client at these release levels:

  • 7.1: through 7.1.0.x
  • 6.4: through
  • 6.3: through
  • 6.2: all levels
  • 6.1: all levels. TSM 6.1 is beyond End of Support.


For VMware, you can apply the VMware patch to your affected ESXi servers as documented in the VMware security advisory (see which prevents clients from having the security exposure, or you can apply the fixing level indicated in the following table to fix the client.
For NetApp, apply the fixing level indicated in the following table.

First Fixing VRMF Level Client
APAR Link to first fixing level
7.1 AIX
Linux x86
Windows x64

Linux x86
Windows x32
Windows x64

6.3 AIX
Linux x86
Windows x32
Windows x64
6.2 and 6.1 Upgrade to 6.3 ( or higher), 6.4 ( or higher), or 7.1 ( or higher).

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Change History

9 December 2014: Original Copy Published
17 December 2014: Updated to include link to VMware's advisory with its workaround, include more direct links to client deliverables, and clarify that this applies to the TSM 6.4 Win x32 and TSM 6.3 Win x32 clients as well as the Win x64 clients on those release levels.
10 October 2015: Updated expiration

*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
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition Client AIX, Linux/x86, Windows 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1
Storage Management IBM System Storage Archive Manager Data Protection for VMware AIX, Windows, Linux/x86 6.1.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments Data Protection for VMware Linux, Windows 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1690827

Modified date: 18 December 2014