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Security Bulletin: IBM XIV Vulnerability to CVE-2014-0160
15 April 2014
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM XIV Storage System
Operating System: Network Appliance
Impact/Access: Access Privileged Data -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2014-0160
Comment: No fix is currently available. BM XIV will release a new microcode
version including a fix for this vulnerability by May 16th, 2014.
IBM recommends applying mitigation strategies until a fix is made
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Security Bulletin: IBM XIV Vulnerability to CVE-2014-0160 (OpenSSL heartbleed)
More support for:
2810 - XIV Storage System
The OpenSSL heartbleed vulnerability impact is limited to the management and
CIMON interfaces of XIV systems running microcode versions 11.3.0, 11.3.0.a,
11.3.1 11.4.1 and 11.4.1.a.
XIV management and CIMOM uses SSL to provide confidentiality and integrity of
management communications. This vulnerability means that an attacker can
potentially compromise management communication, gaining access to user
credentials and thereby to unauthorized management access of an exposed
Since storage management is usually on an internal and separate network,
exposure to this vulnerability is limited to users with access to the
The impact is limited to management communication only, as XIV does not use
SSL encryption in the data path.
Affected Products and Versions
XIV Gen3 systems running microcode versions 11.4.1 or 11.4.1.a are vulnerable
via management and CIMOM ports. Versions 11.3.0, 11.3.0.a and 11.3.1 are
vulnerable only via the CIMOM port.
XIV Gen3 systems running older microcode versions are not affected.
XIV Gen2 systems are not affected.
IBM XIV will release a new microcode version including a fix for this
vulnerability by May 16th, 2014. After upgrading a vulnerable machine, the
machine's SSL certificates and corresponding keys should be replaced. If XIV
users are managed internally (i.e., LDAP authentication is not used), then
the passwords of these should be changed as well (after the certificates have
been replaced). Customers who do not manage their own digital certificates
should contact IBM support for replacement certificates.
Workarounds and Mitigations
The best mitigation is to implement best network security practices on the
XIV management network. If an attacker cannot access this network, he cannot
exploit the vulnerability
Complete CVSS Guide
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*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.
According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the
Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard
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OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT
OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.
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