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Security Bulletin: IBM Security Access Manager uses configuration files with obfuscated passwords that can be accessed by authenticated users (CVE-2015-5013)

Security Bulletin


The IBM Security Access Manager appliance stores obfuscated passwords in plain-text configuration files that can be accessed by authenticated users.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-5013
 The appliance includes configuration files that contain obfuscated plaintext-passwords, which authenticated users can access.
CVSS Base Score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Security Access Manager for Web 8.0 appliances, all firmware versions.

IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile 8.0 appliances, all firmware versions.

IBM Security Access Manager 9.0 appliances, all firmware versions.


IBM has provided patches for all affected versions. Follow the installation instructions in the README files included with the patch.

Product VRMF APAR Remediation
IBM Security Access Manager for Web -
IV90694 Upgrade to
IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile -
IV90712 Upgrade to
IBM Security Access Manager 9.0 - IV90512 Upgrade to

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

January 31, 2017: 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: IBM Security Access Manager

Software version:,,, 8.0.1,,,,,,

Operating system(s): Appliance

Reference #: 1993722

Modified date: 03 February 2017