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Security Bulletin: IBM QRadar Wincollect is vulnerable to improper access control (CVE-2020-4485, CVE-2020-4486)

Security Bulletin


IBM QRadar Wincollect agents could allow authenticated users to bypass restrictions to delete arbitrary files or disable the Wincollect service.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2020-4485
DESCRIPTION:   IBM QRadar could allow an authenticated user to disable the Wincollect service which could aid an attacker in bypassing security mechanisms in future attacks.
CVSS Base score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

CVEID:   CVE-2020-4486
DESCRIPTION:   IBM QRadar could allow an authenticated user to overwrite or delete arbitrary files due to a flaw after WinCollect installation.
CVSS Base score: 8.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s) Version(s)
IBM QRadar Wincollect  7.2.0 - 7.2.9


This issue is only resolved by uninstalling and reinstalling the Wincollect agent. Updating the agent via the patch installer (standalone agents) or via sfs upgrade (managed agents) will not resolve this vulnerability.

7.3.0-QRADAR-AGENT-7.3.0 x86 / 7.3.0-QRADAR-AGENT-7.3.0 x64

7.4.0-QRADAR-AGENT-7.3.0 x86 / 7.4.0-QRADAR-AGENT-7.3.0 x64

For more information on how to upgrade to WinCollect 7.3.0, see this support technical note:

Workarounds and Mitigations


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The vulnerabilities were reported to IBM by Ilias Dimopoulos of RedyOps Research Labs

Change History

10 Aug 2020: Initial Publication
25 Aug 2020: Added link to tech note

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
25 August 2020