A vulnerability in X11 on AIX could allow a non-privileged local user to cause a buffer overflow that could result in a denial of service or arbitrary code execution (CVE-2022-47990).
DESCRIPTION: IBM AIX could allow a non-privileged local user to exploit a vulnerability in X11 to cause a buffer overflow that could result in a denial of service or arbitrary code execution.
CVSS Base score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/243556 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
The following fileset levels are vulnerable:
|Fileset||Lower Level||Upper Level|
To find out whether the affected filesets are installed on your systems, refer to the lslpp command found in the AIX user's guide.
Example: lslpp -L | grep -i X11.base.lib
IBM has assigned the following APARs to this problem:
Subscribe to the APARs here:
By subscribing, you will receive periodic email alerting you to the status of the APAR, and a link to download the fix once it becomes available.
IBM strongly recommends addressing the vulnerability now.
The fixes can be downloaded via sftp or https from:
The links above are to a tar file containing this signed advisory, fix packages, and OpenSSL signatures for each package. The fixes below include prerequisite checking. This will enforce the correct mapping between the fixes and AIX Technology Levels.
|AIX Level||Interim Fix|
Please note that the above table refers to AIX TL/SP level as opposed to fileset level, i.e., 18.104.22.168 is AIX 7200-05-04.
Please reference the Affected Products and Version section above for help with checking installed fileset levels.
|VIOS Level||Interim Fix|
To extract the fixes from the tar file:
tar xvf x11_fix.tar
Verify you have retrieved the fixes intact:
The checksums below were generated using the "openssl dgst -sha256 [file]" command as the following:
|openssl dgst -sha256||filename|
These sums should match exactly. The OpenSSL signatures in the tar file and on this advisory can also be used to verify the integrity of the fixes. If the sums or signatures cannot be confirmed, contact IBM AIX Support at https://ibm.com/support/ and describe the discrepancy.
openssl dgst -sha256 -verify [pubkey_file] -signature [advisory_file].sig [advisory_file]
openssl dgst -sha256 -verify [pubkey_file] -signature [ifix_file].sig [ifix_file]
Published advisory OpenSSL signature file location:
C. FIX AND INTERIM FIX INSTALLATION
Interim fixes have had limited functional and regression testing but not the full regression testing that takes place for Service Packs; however, IBM does fully support them.
Interim fix management documentation can be found at:
To preview an interim fix installation:
emgr -e ipkg_name -p # where ipkg_name is the name of the
# interim fix package being previewed.
To install an interim fix package:
emgr -e ipkg_name -X # where ipkg_name is the name of the
# interim fix package being installed.
Workarounds and Mitigations
Get Notified about Future Security Bulletins
17 Jan 2023: Initial Publication
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Security Bulletin.
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18 January 2023