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Security Bulletin: IBM® Db2® is vulnerable to privilege escalation (CVE-2020-4230).

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IBM Db2 is vulnerable to a priviledge escalation. An authenticated local attacker with special permissions can execute specially crafted Db2 commands to modify the owner of stored procedures to SYSIBM, causing a privilege escalation.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2020-4230
DESCRIPTION:   IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows (includes DB2 Connect Server) is vulnerable to an escalation of privilege when an authenticated local attacker with special permissions executes specially crafted Db2 commands.
CVSS Base score: 6.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

All fix pack levels of IBM Db2 V11.1 and V11.5 editions on all platforms are affected.


Customers running any vulnerable fixpack level of an affected Program, V11.1, V11.5 can download the special build containing the interim fix for this issue from Fix Central. These special builds are available based on the most recent fixpack level for each impacted release: V11.1 FP5 V11.5 GA. They can be applied to any affected fixpack level of the appropriate release to remediate this vulnerability.

ReleaseFixed in fix packAPARDownload URL



Build for v11.1.4FP6

V11.5TBDIT31481Special Build for V11.5 GA:

AIX 64-bit
Linux 32-bit, x86-32
Linux 64-bit, x86-64
Linux 64-bit, POWER™ little endian
Linux 64-bit, System z®, System z9® or zSeries®
Windows 32-bit, x86
Windows 64-bit, x86

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

10 March 2021:  Replaced Special Build urls with the 11.1.4FP6 url
18 Feb 2020: Initial Publication

*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 Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
10 March 2021