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Security Bulletin: SMTP for IBM i is affected by CVE-2021-20501

Security Bulletin


Summary

SMTP is used by IBM i. IBM i has addressed the applicable CVE.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-20501
DESCRIPTION:   IBM i SMTP allows a network attacker to send emails to non-existent local-domain recipients to the SMTP server, caused by using a non-default configuration. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to consume unnecessary network bandwidth and disk space, and allow remote attackers to send spam email.
CVSS Base score: 5.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/198056 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM i7.4
IBM i7.3
IBM i7.2
IBM i7.1

Remediation/Fixes

The issue can be fixed by applying a PTF to IBM i.  Releases 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1 of IBM i are supported and will be fixed. 

The IBM i PTF numbers are:
Release 7.4 – SI76106
Release 7.3 – SI75859
Release 7.2 – SI76105
Release 7.1 – SI76114
https://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral

Important note: IBM recommends that all users running unsupported versions of affected products upgrade to supported and fixed version of affected products.

Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

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Change History

20 Apr 2021: 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

Worldwide

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Document Information

Modified date:
20 April 2021

UID

ibm16445505