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Security Bulletin: AIX is vulnerable to security restrictions bypass due to cURL libcurl (CVE-2023-46218)

Security Bulletin


Vulnerability in cURL libcurl could allow a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions (CVE-2023-46218). AIX uses cURL libcurl as part of rsyslog, LV/PV encryption integration with HPCS and in Live Update for interacting with HMC.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2023-46218
DESCRIPTION:   cURL libcurl could allow a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions, caused by a mixed case flaw when curl is built without PSL support. By sending a specially crafted request, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to allow a HTTP server to set "super cookies" in curl.
CVSS Base score: 6.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)


The following fileset levels are vulnerable:


FilesetLower LevelUpper Level


Note: This bulletin does not apply to versions of curl installed from the AIX Toolbox.


To find out whether the affected filesets are installed on your systems, refer to the lslpp command found in AIX user's guide.


Example:  lslpp -L | grep -i oss.lib.libcurl





IBM strongly recommends addressing the vulnerability now.


AIX fixes are available. The fixes are cumulative and address previously issued AIX cURL libcurl security bulletins:








The AIX fixes can be downloaded via https from:



The link above is 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 LevelInterim Fix
7.3.1, 7.3.246218ma.240227.epkg.Z


Please reference the Affected Products and Version section above for help with checking installed fileset levels.


To extract the fixes from the tar file:

tar xvf curl_fix4.tar

cd curl_fix4


Verify you have retrieved the fixes intact:

The checksums below were generated using the "openssl dgst -sha256 [filename]" command as the following:


openssl dgst -sha256filename


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 Support at 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:




If possible, it is recommended that a mksysb backup of the system be created. Verify it is both bootable and readable before proceeding.


To preview a fix installation:

installp -a -d fix_name -p all  # where fix_name is the name of the

                                            # fix package being previewed.


To install a fix package:

installp -a -d fix_name -X all  # where fix_name is the name of the

                                            # fix package being installed.


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




Change History

07 Mar 2024: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
07 March 2024