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Security Bulletin: vCenter password disclosure via application tracing in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Client and IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments:Data Protection for VMware (CVE-2016-6110)

Security Bulletin


The IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Client may display the obfuscated VMware vCenter userID and password during VM backup with the INCLUDE.VMTSMVSS option when application tracing is enabled with VMTSMVSS flag. This problem only manifests when the Tivoli Storage Manager Client is used as the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware data mover.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-6110
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager disclosed unencrypted login credentials to Vmware vCenter that could be obtained by a local user.
CVSS Base Score: 7.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

This security exposure affects:

  • Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM Spectrum Protect) Client levels through
  • Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments (IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments): Data Protection for VMware levels through


Tivoli Storage Manager Client Release

Fixing VRM LevelPlatformLink to Fix / Fix Availability Target x86
Windows x64

Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware ReleaseFixing VRM LevelPlatformLink to Fix / Fix Availability Target

Workarounds and Mitigations

Application tracing is disabled by default. It is normally enabled only when directed by IBM support to troubleshoot an issue.

To minimize exposure to this vulnerability, disable tracing unless required and delete trace files that are no longer needed.

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Change History

03 January 2017 - 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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Document Information

Modified date:
17 June 2018