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Security Bulletin: Buffer Overflow vulnerability affects IBM i Access for Windows (CVE-2014-8920)

Security Bulletin


Buffer Overflow affects product IBM i Access for Windows, 5770-XE1.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2014-8920

DESCRIPTION: IBM i Access for Windows Data Transfer Program is vulnerable to a buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking. A local attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system as the current user.

CVSS Base Score: 4.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

Releases V5R4, 6.1 and 7.1 of IBM i Access for Windows are affected.


The issue can be fixed by applying a PTF to IBM i Access for Windows.

The IBM i Access for Windows, 5770-XE1, product will be fixed via the 7.1 service release which can be used to access all supported releases of the IBM i server.

The interim fix, prior to the service release, can be obtained via this link:

Product 5770-XE1

Release 7.1

Important note: IBM recommends that all users running unsupported versions of affected products upgrade to supported and fixed version of affected products.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Fernando Muñoz, from the NULL group

*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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Document Information

Modified date:
18 December 2019