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Security Bulletin: Remote code execution vulnerability in the JSF used by WebSphere Application Server affects IBM Spectrum Control (formerly Tivoli Storage Productivity Center)

Security Bulletin


A vulnerability in IBM WebSphere Application Server affects IBM Spectrum Control (formerly Tivoli Storage Productivity Center). There is a remote code execution vulnerability in the JSF Sun Reference Implementation 1.2 used by WebSphere Application Server. The JSF Sun Reference Implementation 1.2 is used as the default in WebSphere Application Server v7.0, other versions it is not the default.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: Not Applicable - the problem is described here:…
DESCRIPTION: Apache MyFaces and Oracle Mojarra could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by improper configuration of ViewState settings. If ViewState is configured to use unencrypted state information, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute any code residing in the server's classpath.
CVSS Base Score: 8.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product Affected Versions
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center 5.2.0 -
IBM Spectrum Control 5.2.8 - 5.2.13


  The versions listed above apply to all licensed offerings of IBM Spectrum Control.


The solution is to apply an appropriate IBM Spectrum Control fix. Click on the download link and follow the Installation Instructions. The solution should be implemented as soon as practicable.

Starting with 5.2.8, Tivoli Storage Productivity Center has been renamed to IBM Spectrum Control.

Release First Fixing VRM Level Link to Fix/Fix Availability Target
5.2.x 5.2.14

Note: It is always recommended to have a current backup before applying any update procedure.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by dongyicheng <>

Change History

24 August 2018 - original version published

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Internal Use Only

Advisory 12314 Record 119787

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 October 2020