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Security Bulletin: Ceilometer database access unrestricted in PowerVC (CVE-2015-1937)

Security Bulletin


IBM PowerVC is using a ceilometer database that does not have authentication enabled.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2015-1937
DESCRIPTION: IBM PowerVC NoSQL database used by ceilometer is listening on the remote port and is configured to allow connections without any authentication. A remote attacker can therefore connect to the database system in order to create, read, update, and delete documents, collections, and databases. Authentication tokens belonging to legitimate users may also be obtained from the database, providing administrator access to the product.

CVSS Base Score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

PowerVC Express Edition through
PowerVC Express Edition through
PowerVC Standard Edition through
PowerVC Standard Edition through
PowerVC Standard Edition through

Workarounds and Mitigations

Configure your firewall to prevent remote access on port 27017.

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Change History

29 May 2015: Original Version Published

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Document Information

Modified date:
09 August 2018