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Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java Runtime affect the IBM Spectrum Protect Server (CVE-2018-1656, CVE-2018-12539)

Security Bulletin


There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® Runtime Environment Java™ used by the IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server. These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in July 2018.
UPDATED 1/16/2019: Changed download link for in Remediation/Fixes table for 8.1.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1656
DESCRIPTION: The IBM Java Runtime Environment''s Diagnostic Tooling Framework for Java (DTFJ) does not protect against path traversal attacks when extracting compressed dump files.
CVSS Base Score: 7.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:N/I:H/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2018-12539
DESCRIPTION: Eclipse OpenJ9 could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by the failure to restrict the use of Java Attach API to connect to an Eclipse OpenJ9 or IBM JVM on the same machine and use Attach API operations to only the process owner. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute untrusted native code and gain elevated privileges on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 8.4
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:H/I:H/A:H)


Affected Products and Versions

These vulnerabilities affect the following IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server levels:

  • through
  • through



BM Spectrum Protect
Server Release
First Fixing
VRM Level
Platform Link to Fix
            8.1 AIX
           7.1 AIX

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

05 December 2018 - Original version published
16 January 2019 - updated download link for in Remediation/Fixes table for 8.1.

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Internal Use Only

Advisory 12959 Product Record 120207

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 January 2019