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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in password storage scheme affects IBM License Metric Tool v9 and IBM BigFix Inventory v9 (CVE-2016-8967)

Security Bulletin


IBM License Metric Tool v9 and IBM BigFix Inventory v9 stores passwords in plain text.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-8967
IBM BigFix Inventory v9 stores user credentials in plain in clear text which can be read by a local user.
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 License Metric Tool v9
IBM BigFix Inventory v9


The fix is tentatively planned for the 9.2.7 release.

Workarounds and Mitigations

Please refer to the existing documentation which describes how to enforce the secure encryption mechanisms:

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Related information

IBM Secure Engineering Web Portal
IBM Product Security Incident Response Blog

Change History

31 January 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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Security IBM License Metric Tool AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 9.2

Document information

More support for: IBM BigFix Inventory

Software version: 9.2

Operating system(s): Platform Independent

Reference #: 1995019

Modified date: 02 February 2017