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Security Bulletin: Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) SQL interface vulnerable to unauthorized access (CVE-2016-8940)

Security Bulletin


Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) SQL interface is vulnerable to unauthorized access to user credentials and product sensitive information.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-8940
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) does not perform sufficient authority checking on SQL queries. As a result, any administrator, regardless of their authority, is able to submit SQL queries that access database tables that are not intended for access or use by administrators. The access of these product specific database tables may allow access to passwords or other sensitive information for the product.
CVSS Base Score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

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

  • through
  • through
  • 6.2 and 6.1 all levels (these releases are EOS)

Note that this vulnerability has been fixed in


Tivoli Storage Manager Server Release Fixing

Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
7.1 AIX
6.3 AIX
6.2 and 6.1 Customers on these releases can upgrade the server to a fixed level ( or Contact IBM Support if you have any questions.

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Related information

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Change History

28 February 2017 - Original version published
01 March 2017 - Removed 5.5 release as being affected and typo in title
04 April 2017 - Clarified vulnerability description to elimintae confusion over authorized users

*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
Storage Management Tivoli Storage Manager Extended Edition Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: Tivoli Storage Manager

Software version: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1

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

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 1998946

Modified date: 04 April 2017