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Security Bulletin: Password Disclosure via application tracing in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management (CVE-2016-0371)

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When application tracing is enabled and a password change operation is performed, the Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) password is displayed in plain text in the trace output when using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management (IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management).

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0371
The Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) password may be displayed in plain text via application trace output while application tracing is enabled.
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 for Space Management (IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management) are affected:

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Workarounds and Mitigations

Tracing is disabled by default. It is normally enabled only when directed by IBM support to troubleshoot an issue.

To minimize exposure to this vulnerability, disable tracing unless required and delete trace files that are no longer needed.

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Change History

07 November 2016 - Original version published

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Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management

Software version: 6.3, 6.4, 7.1

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1990042

Modified date: 07 November 2016