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Security Bulletin: Privilege escalation coverage gap in IBM SPSS Statistics (CVE-2015-7489)

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Summary

Harmful code may be executed because of privilege escalation coverage gap in IBM SPSS Statistics.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-7489
DESCRIPTION:
IBM SPSS Statistics uses python scripts that have write permissions to Everyone. A local user can add malicious OS commands to the python code. These command will later be executed in case another user (for example an administrator) opens SPSS and uses that module.
CVSS Base Score: 7.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/108785 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM SPSS Statistics 22.0.0.2

IBM SPSS Statistics 23.0.0.2

Remediation/Fixes

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

Complete CVSS v3 Guide
On-line Calculator v3

Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Acknowledgement

Dan Gurfinkel, Comsec Global Consulting

Change History

23 December 2015: 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: SPSS Statistics

Software version: 22.0, 23.0

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1973502

Modified date: 07 September 2016