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Security Bulletin: Password disclosure in IBM Spectrum Protect Server (CVE-2019-4140)

Security Bulletin


The IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server may disclose the database restore password when using the dsmserv restore db command. This could allow another user to perform a database restore or possibly result in an old backup replacing the database.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2019-4140
DESCRIPTION: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server could allow a local user to replace existing databases by restoring old data.
CVSS Base Score: 6.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This vulnerability affects the following IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server levels:

  • through
  • through


This vulnerability is resolved by applying the First Fixing VRM Level (or higher) as noted in the following table and by not specifying the PASSWORD parameter when using the dsmserv restore db command.  When the PASSWORD parameter is not specified, the IBM Spectrum Protect Server will prompt for the password used to protect the database backup. 
IBM Spectrum Protect
Server Release
First Fixing
VRM Level
Platform Link to Fix
            8.1 8.1.8 AIX
            7.1 AIX

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

28 June 2019 - original version published

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Internal Use Only

Advisory 15431 Record 132568

Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
28 June 2019