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Security Bulletin: IBM Personal Communications could allow a remote user to obtain sensitive information including user passwords, allowing unauthorized access. (CVE-2016-0321)

Security Bulletin


IBM Personal Communications is susceptible to unauthorized access vulnerability when running on a compromised system (by the victim opening a mail with a malicious attachment or visiting a malicious website). Malware could run with user privileges but not necessarily having access to the password. An attacker could retrieve user credentials by running PowerShell Script and by exploiting design flaw in IBM Personal Communications to extract users' password.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-0321


IBM PCOMM could allow a remote user to obtain sensitive information including user passwords, leading to un-authorized access.

CVSS Base Score: 5.9
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:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Personal Communications from version 6.0 to 6.0.16 and version 12.0 on all supported platforms.




Remediation/First Fix
IBM Personal communication
IBM Personal communication

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

*07 July 2016: Original copy 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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Document Information

Modified date:
02 August 2018