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Security Bulletin: Buffer Overflow from improperly formatted SELECT command in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Server (CVE-2016-8998)

Security Bulletin


An improperly formatted SELECT command to an IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Server can cause a buffer overflow that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the server.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-8998
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server could allow an authenticated user with TSM administrator privileges to cause a buffer overflow using a specially crafted SQL query and execute arbitrary code on the server.
CVSS Base Score: 7.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Server levels:

  • through

Note that this vulnerability has been fixed in


Tivoli Storage Manager Server Release Fixing

Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
7.1 AIX

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Related information

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Change History

22 February 2017 - Original version published

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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 7.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: 7.1

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1998747

Modified date: 22 February 2017