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Security Bulletin: TSM client SetUID elevation of privilege (CVE-2014-0907)

Security Bulletin


A vulnerability in the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) AIX and HP-UX clients could allow a local user to gain elevated privilege.

Vulnerability Details



The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) AIX and HP-UX client binaries have been compiled in an insecure way. A local attacker could cause malicious code to be run, leading to privilege escalation in instances where these TSM clients run with privileges that the attacker does not have.

CVSS Base Score: 6.9
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected Products and Versions

TSM AIX and HP-UX Backup-Archive clients at these release levels:

  • 7.1: through
  • 6.4: through 6.4.1.x
  • 6.3: through
  • 6.2: through, on AIX only. TSM 6.1 is beyond End of Support.
  • 6.1: all levels on AIX only. TSM 6.1 is beyond End of Support.
  • 5.5: all levels on AIX only. TSM 5.5 is beyond End of Support.
  • 5.4: all levels on AIX only. TSM 5.4 is beyond End of Support


TSM Release

First Fixing VRMF LevelClient
APARLink to fix

TSM for Space Management package which includes AIX client:

TSM for Space Management package which includes AIX client:

TSM for Space Management package which includes AIX client:
5.4,, for support extension customersAIXIT00403Customers with AIX client support extensions should:
  • contact IBM Support for a fix, or
  • use the Workaround specified below

Customers without support extensions should:
  • upgrade to a fixing level, or
  • use the Workaround specified below.
Contact IBM Support if there are questions about these two options.
If you need further assistance, contact IBM Software Support.

Workarounds and Mitigations

Remove the Trusted Communications Agent (TCA) dsmtca module from the machine.

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The vulnerability was reported to IBM by Tim Brown from Portcullis Computer Security Ltd.

Change History

12 August 2014: Original copy published
24 June 2015: Noted that 6.2 is beyond End of Support

*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:
17 June 2018