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Security Bulletin: IBM Spectrum Protect Server vulnerable to offline dictionary and brute force attacks (CVE-2022-22496, CVE-2022-22487)

Security Bulletin


The IBM Spectrum Protect Server is vulnerable to an offline dictionary attack when using SESSIONSECURITY=TRANSITIONAL. The IBM Spectrum Protect Storage agent is vulnerable to a brute force attack by allowing unlimited attempts to login to the storage agent without locking the administrative ID.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2022-22496
DESCRIPTION:   While a user account for the IBM Spectrum Protect server is being established, it may be configured to use SESSIONSECURITY=TRANSITIONAL. While in this mode, it may be susceptible to an offline dictionary attack.
CVSS Base score: 5.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:A/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

CVEID:   CVE-2022-22487
DESCRIPTION:   An IBM Spectrum Protect storage agent could allow a remote attacker to perform a brute force attack by allowing unlimited attempts to login to the storage agent without locking the administrative ID. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using brute force techniques to gain unauthorized administrative access to both the IBM Spectrum Protect storage agent and the IBM Spectrum Protect server with which it communicates.
CVSS Base score: 5.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Spectrum Protect


IBM Spectrum Protect Server Affected Versions
PlatformLink to Fix and Instructions

NOTE:  APAR IT40425 was created for CVE-2022-22487.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

29 June 2022: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
29 June 2022