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Security Bulletin: TS3000 (TSSC/IMC) is vulnerable to privilege escalation vulnerability due to polkit ( CVE-2021-4034 )

Security Bulletin


A privilege escalation vulnerability has been discovered in pkexec, a component of polkit. The TSSC does not use pkexec, but the executable does exist on the system. A patch has been provided that removes the executable from the file system.

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

Affected ProductVersion



IBM strongly recommends addressing the vulnerability now.

TSSC/IMC9.2.16Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.2.14Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.2.11Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.1.11Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.1.9Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.1.7Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.0.6Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC9.0.4Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC8.6.6Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system
TSSC/IMC8.5.5Download patch and execute on TSSC/IMC system


Workarounds and Mitigations



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Change History

29 Apr 2022: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
05 May 2022