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Security Bulletin: IBM Guardium Data Encryption (GDE) has a vulnerability (CVE-2021-39022), related to hazardous input.

Security Bulletin


Vulnerability identified in IBM Guardium Data Encryption (GDE), related to hazardous input. Please apply the latest version for the fixes.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-39022
DESCRIPTION:   IBM Guardium Data Encryption (GDE) saves user-provided information into a Comma-Separated Value (CSV) file, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could be interpreted as a command when the file is opened by spreadsheet software.
CVSS Base score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:H/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Product Name   Component Name  Affected Version 
IBM Guardium Data Encryption (GDE) Guardium Cloud Key Manager (GCKM) 1.10.1 and lower
IBM Guardium Data Encryption (GDE) CipherTrust Tokenization Server (CT-VL) 2.6.3 and lower
IBM Guardium Data Encryption (GDE) Guardium Data Encryption Server (DSM) and lower


Please apply the fix from below links, to obtain  the fixes.
Note: In order to get the fix, customer needs to login to Thales portal.

Component Name Fixed in version     Patch/Upgrade link
Guardium Cloud Key Manager (GCKM) 1.10.2
CipherTrust Tokenization Server (CT-VL) 2.6.4
Guardium Data Encryption Server (GDE)

Workarounds and Mitigations


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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

08 Mar 2022: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
11 March 2022