The following are News Flashes and Problem Solving Hints provided by the The IBM Spectrum Protect Team.

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IBM Spectrum Protect News and Technical Flashes

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May 2020

The IBM Support Insider blog provides you with regular updates on what's new and changing in IBM Support.

April 2020

The IBM Spectrum Protect Server is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow which could allow a remote attacker to executive arbitrary code on the system

As documented in APAR IT32181, IBM Spectrum Protect users might receive a message that the PROTECT STGPOOL command was processed successfully, even though no extents were transferred

There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Runtime Environment Java which is used by IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Operations Center on AIX.

The IBM Spectrum Protect wiki, hosted on the developerWorks Connections Platform, was discontinued on 31 March 2020. The content that received the most customer views is available, as listed in the following sections.

March 2020

General videos about IBM Spectrum Protect products

Overviews of IBM Spectrum Protect product releases

Videos about new features in IBM Spectrum Protect products

Security vulnerabilities in WebSphere Application Server Liberty, such as spoofing, obtaining sensitive information, and bypassing security restrictions

OpenSSL vulnerabilities were disclosed on July 30, 2019 and September 10, 2019 by the OpenSSL Project. OpenSSL is used by the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client for network connections with NetApp services.

Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Runtime Environment Java were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in October 2019 and January 2020. IBM Runtime Environment Java is used by the IBM Spectrum Protect Backup-Archive Client and the client

The IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server is affected by multiple IBM Db2 vulnerabilities such as buffer overflow and denial of service.

There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Runtime Environment Java which is used by the IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager) Server on AIX. These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in July 2019.

February 2020

APAR IT27050 may affect directory-container and cloud-container storage pools which can result in damaged deduplicated extents (chunks).

November 2019 - January 2020

No news flashes

October 2019

When the IBM Spectrum Protect servermon component is enabled, the gstack command can cause I/O operations to fail on tape devices.

September 2019

A port used by Operations Center is reported to be vulnerable to Logjam (CVE-2015-4000).

Problem-Solving Resources Online

These pages contain details about various key IBM Spectrum Protect documents, fix packs, versions, announcements and end of support data


IBM SP , IBM SP EE, and SSAM (includes server and client)
IBM SPfor Databases (includes Data Protection for Oracle and Data Product for SQL)
IBM SP for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
IBM SP for Mail (includes Data Protection for Domino and Data Protection for Exchange)
IBM SP for Virtual Environments (includes Data Protection for VMware and Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V)
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot (Storage FlashCopy Manager)
IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot (Storage FlashCopy Manager) - All Requirements Document

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