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IBM General Parallel File System denial-of-service vulnerability (CVE-2014-0834)

Security Bulletin


A security vulnerability has been identified in GPFS v3.4 and v3.5 that can result in a denial-of-service for GPFS.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2014-0834

A security vulnerability has been identified in GPFS, which affects 'setuid' commands that may be run by non-root users.
When certain arguments are passed to those commands, their execution may result in either the GPFS daemon crashing or the command itself crashing.
The abnormal termination of the daemon is considered a denial-of-service to users of GPFS, since file system operations are suspended until the daemon restarts and rejoins the cluster.
The abnormal termination of the program has not yet shown to cause any other effects besides the program terminating.

CVSS Base Score: 4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

GPFS v3.4 for AIX/Linux pSeries/Linux x86_64/Windows

GPFS v3.5 for AIX/Linux pSeries/Linux x86_64/Windows


System administrators should update their systems to the latest version of GPFS, as follows:
- users of GPFS v3.4 should upgrade to v3.4.0.27, APAR IV54381
- users of GPFS v3.5 should upgrade to v3.5.0.16, APAR IV52863

Updates are available on IBM Fix Central. On the page, click on "Select Product" tab; under "Product Group" select Cluster Software; under "Select from Cluster software" select General Parallel File System; under "Installed Version" select either version 3.5 or 3.4 and press Continue. Then select the platform, either AIX, Linux pSeries, Linux x86_64 or Windows and press Continue. In the next page you can indetify the fix you want. To display all fixes available, select "Browse for fixes" and click Continue. Then download the fix corresponding to your version of GPFS.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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This security vulnerability was identified by Florian Grunow (ERNW GmbH).

Change History

1/24/2014: Initial draft

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Document Information

Modified date:
07 August 2018