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    Password disclosure in IBM Spectrum Protect Server (CVE-2019-4140)
                                1 July 2019


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           IBM Spectrum Protect
Publisher:         IBM
Operating System:  Windows
                   Linux variants
Impact/Access:     Overwrite Arbitrary Files -- Existing Account
                   Access Confidential Data  -- Existing Account
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade
CVE Names:         CVE-2019-4140  

Original Bulletin: 

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Password disclosure in IBM Spectrum Protect Server (CVE-2019-4140)

Product:             IBM Spectrum Protect
Component:           Server
Software version:    7.1, 8.1
Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows
Reference #:         0883346

Security Bulletin


The IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server may disclose
the database restore password when using the dsmserv restore db command. This
could allow another user to perform a database restore or possibly result in an
old backup replacing the database.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2019-4140
DESCRIPTION: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server could allow a local user to
replace existing databases by restoring old data.
CVSS Base Score: 6.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/
158336 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

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

  o through 8.1.7.xxx
  o through


This vulnerability is resolved by applying the First Fixing VRM Level (or
higher) as noted in the following table and by not specifying the PASSWORD
parameter when using the dsmserv restore db command. When the PASSWORD
parameter is not specified, the IBM Spectrum Protect Server will prompt for the
password used to protect the database backup.

|IBM Spectrum Protect    |First Fixing|Platform    |Link to Fix                                                                           |
|Server Release          |VRM Level   |            |                                                                                      |
|8.1                     |8.1.8       |AIX         |https://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wssuid=ibm10888463                               |
|                        |            |Linux       |                                                                                      |
|                        |            |Windows     |                                                                                      |
|                        |            |AIX         |ftp://public.dhe.ibm.com/storage/tivoli-storage-management/patches/server/            |
|                        |            |HP-UX       |                                                                                      |
|7.1                     |   |Linux       |                                                                                      |
|                        |            |Solaris     |                                                                                      |
|                        |            |Windows     |                                                                                      |

Workarounds and Mitigations


Change History

28 June 2019 - original version published

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