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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: IBM PowerVC - Local escalation of
privilege vulnerability in DB2 for Linux (CVE-2016-5995)
14 October 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM PowerVC Standard Edition
Operating System: Linux variants
Impact/Access: Root Compromise -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2016-5995
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Security Bulletin: IBM PowerVC - Local escalation of privilege vulnerability
in DB2 for Linux (CVE-2016-5995)
More support for: PowerVC Standard Edition
Software version: 1.2.3, 1.3.0
Operating system(s): Linux
Software edition: Standard
Reference #: N1021652
Modified date: 2016-10-12
IBM PowerVC is impacted by Local escalation of privilege vulnerability in
DB2 for Linux (CVE-2016-5995)
Description: DB2 for Linux, Unix and Windows is vulnerable to a privilege
escalation due to code being built with binaries with libraries in insecure
locations. A local user could place a malicious library in a location that
a SETGID or SETUID binary would execute and gain root level access.
CVSS Base Score: 8.40
CVSS Temporal Score: See
https://exchange.xforce.ibmcloud.com/vulnerabilities/116653 for the
CVSS Environmental Score: Undefined
CVSS Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H
Affected Products and Versions
PowerVC Standard Edition 22.214.171.124 through 126.96.36.199
PowerVC Standard Edition 188.8.131.52 through 184.108.40.206
For PowerVC 1.2.3, update to 1.2.3 FP3 and
then apply the IT17260 interim fix from
For PowerVC 1.3.0, update to 1.3.0 FP2 and
then apply the IT17260 interim fix from
Workarounds and Mitigations
Running the following commands will remove the vulnerability without
side-effects. The user executing the commands must be root.
/home/pwrvcdb/sqllib/bin/db2chglibpath -s '\.:' -r ''
/opt/ibm/powervc/db/bin/db2chglibpath -s '\.:' -r ''
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