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Security Bulletin: IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Unix Clients are vulnerable to unauthorized access to files by non-privileged users (CVE-2017-1301)

Security Bulletin


IBM Spectrum Protect (formerlyTivoli Storage Manager) Unix Clients may use a symbolic link to provide non-privileged users access to files that require root privileges.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-1301
DESCRIPTION: IBM Spectrum Protect could allow a local attacker to launch a symlink attack. IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-archive Client creates temporary files insecurely. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a symbolic link from a temporary file to various files on the system, which could allow the attacker to overwrite arbitrary files on the system with elevated privileges.
CVSS Base Score: 4
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:L/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following versions of the IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Client are affected:
  • through
  • through - AIX, HP-UX, Linux x86, and Solaris platforms through - Macintosh platform
  • 6.4 and below all levels (6.4 and below are EOS)


IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) Client Release

Fixing VRM Level Platform APAR Link to Fix / Fix Availability Target
8.1 8.1.2 AIX
Linux x86
7.1 7.1.8 AIX
Linux x86
6.4 and below IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed version (8.1.2 or 7.1.8) of the IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Client.

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Related Information

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Change History

02 October 2017 - Original version published 07 February 2018 - Removed HP-UX platform from Client 8.1.2 fix

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Cross reference information
Product Component Platform Version Edition
Tivoli Storage Manager Client AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OS X, Solaris 6.4, 7.1 All Editions
IBM Spectrum Protect Client AIX, HP-UX, Linux, OS X, Solaris 7.1, 8.1 All Editions

Document information

More support for: IBM Spectrum Protect

Component: Client

Software version: 7.1, 8.1

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

Software edition: All Editions

Reference #: 2006248

Modified date: 07 February 2019