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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in Apache Log4j affects IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot on Windows (CVE-2021-44228)

Security Bulletin


A vulnerability in Apache Log4j could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system. IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot on Windows includes the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Cliient which installs the vulnerable Log4j files. Based on current information and analysis, Log4j is not used by IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot on Wiindows.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-44228
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Log4j could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by the failure to protect against attacker controlled LDAP and other JNDI related endpoints by JNDI features. By sending a specially crafted code string, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to load arbitrary Java code on the server and take complete control of the system. Note: The vulnerability is also called Log4Shell or LogJam.
CVSS Base score: 10
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Windows (formerly IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Windows)
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager for Windows

Note: IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Windows packages the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive client which installs the affected Log4j files but these files are not used.  


IBM strongly recommends addressing this vulnerability now by upgrading.

Note:  The below fix packages included Log4j 2.15.

IBM Spectrum Protect
Snapshot for Windows  Affected Versions
PlatformLink to Fix and Instructions Windows

Apply the IBM Spectrum Protect Client fix using this link


Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

17 December 2021: Initial Publication
18 December 2021: Updated affected 8.1 versions
20 December 2021: Updated Remediation/Fixes section to indicate that all fix packages included Log4j 2.15

*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


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Document Information

Modified date:
20 December 2021