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Security Bulletin: IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is vulnerable to PostgreSQL Man-in-the-Middle and Slowloris Denial of Service attacks (CVE-2021-23222, CVE-2022-22354)

Security Bulletin


PostgreSQL is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack which can affect IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. In addition, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is vulnerable to a Slowloris denial of service attack.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-23222
DESCRIPTION:   PostgreSQL is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input by libpq. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to launch a man-in-the-middle attack to inject false responses to the client's first few queries, despite the use of SSL certificate verification and encryption.
CVSS Base score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)

CVEID:   CVE-2022-22354
DESCRIPTION:   IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management do not limit the length of a connection which could allow for a Slowloris HTTP denial of service attack to take place. This can cause the Admin Console to become unresponsive.
CVSS Base score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus10.1.0.0-


BM Spectrum Protect Plus Affected VersionsFixing
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Change History

11 March 2022: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
11 March 2022