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Security Bulletin: Password Disclosure via application tracing in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows (CVE-2016-5918)

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IBM Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows (IBM Spectrum Protect HSM for Windows) may display the obfuscated Tivoli Storage Manager password when application tracing is enabled.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-5918
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows displays the encrypted Tivoli Storage Manager password in application trace output if the password access option is prompt and the password is changed.
CVSS Base Score: 5.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following levels of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows (IBM Spectrum Protect HSM for Windows) are affected:

  • through
  • through
  • 6.3 and below - all levels


Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows Release First
VRM Level
APAR Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
7.1 IT14921 Download packages for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows version 7.1.4 interim fix packages (7.1.4.x) and READMEs have been removed from the web as they contain unremediated security vulnerabilities. The latest version of Tivoli Storage Manager HSM for Windows (IBM Spectrum Protect HSM for Windows) is 7.1.6 which contains fixes for the most recent known security and product issues, and can be found using this link:
If you have any questions, please contact IBM support.
6.4 IT14921
6.3 and below None Release 6.3 (and below) are end of support and end of life cycle. Customers should upgrade to a fixed level ( or or use the workaround provided below.

Workarounds and Mitigations

With default trace levels (Severe, Error, Warning, Info, Library), the obfuscated password is displayed. To minimize exposure to this vulnerability, disable trace level 'Info' unless required and delete trace files that are no longer needed.

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Change History

17 August 2016 - Original version published
16 January 2017 - Updated link to 7.1 fix

*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 Manager HSM for Windows

Software version: 6.3, 6.4, 7.1

Operating system(s): Windows

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1988728

Modified date: 16 January 2017