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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



There is a new update for the Wincollect agent that does not require uninstalling and reinstalling. The following Wincollect agent versions can be used to upgrade the affected versions to resolve the vulnerability. For information on how to update your WinCollect version, see the WinCollect 7.3.0 Patch 1 release notes:

Download and install the WinCollect 7.3.0-41 based on your QRadar version:

Workarounds and Mitigations


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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Ilias Dimopoulos of  RedyOps Research Labs.

Change History

10 Aug 2020: Initial Publication
15 Feb 2021: Update links to fix

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
18 February 2021