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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in InstallAnywhere affects IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Administration Center (CVE-2016-4560)

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InstallAnywhere generates installation executables which are vulnerable to a DLL-planting that affects IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Administration Center on Windows platforms.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-4560
Flexera InstallAnywhere could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by an untrusted search path. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a Trojan horse DLL in the current working directory of a setup-launcher executable file to gain elevated privileges on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 7.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

The following levels of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Administration Center are affected on the Windows platform:

  • through 6.3.5.x
  • 6.2 and 6.1 all levels (these releases are EOS)


This security exposure occurs only at installation time and does not affect already installed Administration Centers.

If you are not installing a fixed level of the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Administration Center (6.3.6), then the installation package is vulnerable to this security issue during installation and you must use the workaround provided below to prevent being exposed to the vulnerability.

Tivoli Storage Manager Server ReleaseFirst
VRM Level
PlatformLink to Fix / Fix Availability Target
6.2 and 6.1NoneWindowsUpgrade to the fixed level (6.3.6) or use the workaround provided below.

Workarounds and Mitigations

This security exposure occurs only at installation time and does not affect already installed Administration Centers.

To prevent exposure to this security vulnerability, download and run the installation package from a clean directory using the following steps:

  1. As an administrator, create a new secure directory. The directory must not exist before and only the administrator should have write permission to it.
  2. Unzip or copy the files from your installation media into this new directory.
  3. Run the installation exe from this directory to install the product. Proceed with the installation as normal.

If installation of an Administration Center package below the fixing level (6.3.6) or installation of a package for release 6.2 or below is required, then the above workaround should be used to avoid exposure to this vulnerability during the installation process. The workaround is not needed if the fixing level (6.3.6) or a higher level of the package is installed.

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Change History

25 July 2016 - Original version published
15 August 2016 - Updated Remediation/Fixes and Workarounds and Mitigations to clarify when exposure occurs

*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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Document Information

Modified date:
17 June 2018