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Security Bulletin: Password disclosure via trace file affects IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management (CVE-2018-1882)

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When tracing is enabled, the IBM Spectrum Protect Client trace file may display the password in plain text. This affects IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) for Space Management.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2018-1882
DESCRIPTION: In a certain atypical IBM Spectrum Protect configurations, the node password could be displayed in plain text in the IBM Spectrum Protect client trace file.
CVSS Base Score: 4.7
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:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

The following levels of IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager for Space Management) are affected:

  • through
  • through


Client Release

First Fixing VRM Level


Link to Fix






Workarounds and Mitigations

To minimize exposure to this vulnerability, do not use tracing in the options file  (dsm.opt) unless instructed to do so by IBM and delete existing trace files that are no longer needed.

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Change History

2 April 2019 - original version 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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Internal Use Only

Advisory 13652 Record 124099

Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
02 April 2019