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Security Bulletin: Polkit as used by IBM® QRadar SIEM is vulnerable to privilege escalation (CVE-2021-4034)

Security Bulletin


There is a privilege escalation vulnerability in Polkit which is used by IBM® QRadar SIEM indirectly as a dependency.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-4034
DESCRIPTION:   Polkit could allow a local authenticated attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by incorrect handling of the argument vectors in the pkexec utility. By crafting environment variables in a specific way, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute commands with root privileges.
CVSS Base score: 7.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM QRadar SIEM 7.5.0 GA

IBM QRadar SIEM 7.4.3 GA - 7.4.3 Fix Pack 4

IBM QRadar SIEM 7.3.3 GA - 7.3.3 Fix Pack 10


Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

15 Feb 2022: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
18 February 2022