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Security Bulletin: Symbolic Link Permissions Problem Modeler Subscription Installer

Security Bulletin


A security vulnerability in Modeler subscription installer on Windows platform has been remediated. The installer is used from msi and script to install the product.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2020-4717
DESCRIPTION:   A vulnerability exists in IBM SPSS Modeler Subscription Installer that allows a user with create symbolic link permission to write arbitrary file in another protected path during product installation.
CVSS Base score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
SPSS ModelerSubscription


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Workarounds and Mitigations


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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Ido Hoorvitch

Change History

09 Mar 2021: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
09 March 2021