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Security Bulletin: Vulnerabilities in Apache Commons and Log4j affect IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client and IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments

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Summary

Vulnerabilities in Apache Commons and Log4j, such as execution of arbitrary code on the system, man-in-the-middle attack, and information disclosure, could affect the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client and IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments. UPDATED 1/29/2021: Added 7.1 fix for IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware UPDATED 5/8/2021: Updated Remediation/Fixes section to correct Platforms for Spectrum Protect Client 8.1 - AIX, Linux, and Windows only.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2019-17571
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Log4j could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by improper deserialization of untrusted data in SocketServer. By sending a specially-crafted request, an attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system.
CVSS Base score: 9.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/173314 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVEID:   CVE-2020-9488
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Log4j is vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack, caused by improper certificate validation with host mismatch in the SMTP appender. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to launch a man-in-the-middle attack and gain access to the communication channel between endpoints to obtain sensitive information or further compromise the system.
CVSS Base score: 3.7
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/180824 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:N/A:N)

Third Party Entry:   177835
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Commons Codec information disclosure
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/177835 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Third Party Entry:   177835
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Commons Codec information disclosure
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/177835 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Third Party Entry:   177835
DESCRIPTION:   Apache Commons Codec information disclosure
CVSS Base score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See: https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/177835 for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Spectrum Protect Client8.1.0.0-8.1.10.0
IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware8.1.0.0-8.1.10.0
7.1.0.0-7.1.8.9
IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for Hyper-V8.1.0.0-8.1.10.0

Remediation/Fixes


IBM Spectrum Protect
Client Release
First Fixing
VRM Level
PlatformLink to Fix
              8.18.1.11AIX
Linux
Windows
https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/6367205


IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware ReleaseFirst Fixing
VRM Level
PlatformLink to Fix
              8.18.1.11Linux
Windows
https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/6152475
               7.1
7.1.8.10
Linux
Windows
https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/316625
 

IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for Hyper-V ReleaseFirst Fixing
VRM Level
PlatformLink to Fix
              8.18.1.11Linuxhttps://www.ibm.com/support/pages/node/6152475


Workarounds and Mitigations

None

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References

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Acknowledgement

Change History

20 November 2020: Initial Publication
29 January 2021: Added 7.1 fix for IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware
08 May 2021: Corrected Platforms in Remediation/Fixes section for 8.1 Spectrum Client; should be AIX, Linux, and Windows only.

*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 Location

Worldwide

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Document Information

Modified date:
09 May 2021

UID

ibm16371652