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Security Bulletin: Use of a one way hash without a salt in IBM Security Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager (CVE-2021-38979)

Security Bulletin


Use of a one way hash without a salt in IBM Security Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager (CVE-2021-38979).

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-38979
DESCRIPTION:   IBM Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager uses a one-way cryptographic hash against an input that should not be reversible, such as a password, but the software does not also use a salt as part of the input.
CVSS Base score: 4.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Affected Version(s)
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager3.0 -
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager3.0.1 -
IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager4.0 -
IBM Security Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager4.1.0 -
IBM Security Guardium Key Lifecycle Manager4.1.1


It is fixed in  4.1.1 - Fix Pack 1

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John Zuccato, Rodney Ryan, Chris Shepherd, Nathan Roane, Vince Dragnea, Troy Fisher, Gabor Minyo, Geoffrey Owden, and Ben Goodspeed from the IBM X-Force Ethical Hacking Team.

Change History

11 Nov 2021: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
12 November 2021