AIX 6.1 / 7.1.2 / 7.1.3 : IBM PowerHA SystemMirror CSPOC Privilege Escalation

critical Nessus Plugin ID 94674
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The remote AIX host is missing a security patch.


The remote AIX host is running a version of IBM PowerHA SystemMirror that is missing a security patch. It is, therefore, affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Cluster Single Point of Control (CSPOC) feature that occurs when adding an authenticated, remote user to the list that allows cluster-wide changing of the password. An authenticated, remote attacker who has been added to this list can exploit this issue, via a vulnerable script shipped with the product, to gain root privileges by using a 'su root' action.


Install the appropriate interim fix according to the vendor advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 94674

File Name: aix_powerha_advisory.nasl

Version: 2.8

Type: local

Published: 11/10/2016

Updated: 1/4/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.5


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.5

Temporal Score: 6.3

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.9

Temporal Score: 8.6

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:ibm:aix:6.1, cpe:/o:ibm:aix:7.1

Required KB Items: Host/AIX/lslpp, Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AIX/version

Patch Publication Date: 9/11/2015

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/11/2015

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-5005

BID: 76948