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Security Bulletin: Weak file permissions may exist in IBM Spectrum LSF in a Linux or Unix environment

Security Bulletin


Weak file permissions may exist on several files after specific debug settings are enabled in IBM Spectrum LSF in a Linux or Unix environment. This has the potential of privilege escalation by an attacker. CVE-2020-4278 is created for this.

Vulnerability Details

Refer to the security bulletins(s) listed in the Remediation/Fixes section

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s) Version(s)
IBM Platform LSF 9.1
IBM Spectrum LSF 10.1
IBM Spectrum LSF Suites 10.2
IBM Spectrum Computing Suite for High Performance Analytics 10.2


Remove suid bit from these binaries by using "chmod -s <filename>" command: lsadmin, badmin, egosh, utmpreg.

The remediation will completely close the exploit. However, there will be the following limitations:
    - Privileged ports cannot be used for LSF daemons. By default LSF does not use privileged ports.
    - Cannot configure /etc/lsf.sudoers to enable non-root to start LSF daemons.
    - Cannot configure /etc/ego.sudoers to enable non-root to start EGO.
    - Cannot enable LSB_UTMP=Y in lsf.conf. By default it is not enabled.

No other functions are impacted and it has no impact on normal use of the cluster.
These limitations will be removed by a fix in upcoming LSF10.1.0.10.

Workarounds and Mitigations

See Above

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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Winston S.

Change History

21 Feb 2020: Initial Publication
26 Feb 2020: Update 'Workarounds and Mitigations'

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
25 February 2020