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Security Bulletin: A vulnerability in filesystem audit logging affects IBM Spectrum Scale.

Security Bulletin


A security vulnerability has been identified in IBM Spectrum Scale FAL that could allow a privileged admin to destroy filesystem audit logging records before their expiration time. A fix for this vulnerability is available.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID:   CVE-2021-38882
DESCRIPTION:   IBM Spectrum Scale could allow a privileged admin to destroy filesystem audit logging records before expiration time.
CVSS Base score: 4.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See: for the current score.
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:H/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Affected Product(s)Version(s)
IBM Spectrum Scale5.1.0 -


For IBM Spectrum Scale V5.1.0 - V.1.1.1, apply V5.1.1.2 or later available from FixCentral at:

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Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

20 Sep 2021: Initial Publication

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Document Location


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Document Information

Modified date:
15 November 2021