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Security Bulletin: IBM PureApplication System is affected by a vulnerability in VMWare component (CVE-2018-6972)

Security Bulletin


There is a vulnerability in the VMWare component that is used by IBM PureApplication System. The following vulnerability has been addressed.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-6972
DESCRIPTION: VMware ESXi, Workstation, and Fusion are vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by a NULL pointer dereference in RPC handler. By sending a specially-crafted request, a local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to cause the virtual machine to crash.
CVSS Base Score: 6.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
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

IBM PureApplication System V2.2.3.0
IBM PureApplication System V2.2.3.1
IBM PureApplication System V2.2.3.2
IBM PureApplication System V2.2.4.0
IBM PureApplication System V2.2.5.0
IBM PureApplication System V2.2.5.1
IBM PureApplication System V2.2.5.2


The solution is to upgrade the IBM PureApplication System to the following fix pack release:

IBM PureApplication V2.2.5.3

IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed version of the product. Contact IBM for assistance.

Information on upgrading can be found here:

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

January 25, 2019: Original document published

*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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Internal Use Only

Advisory ID    12809

Product Record ID    118960

RTC 241171

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Document Information

Modified date:
25 January 2019