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IBM QRadar SIEM command injection vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#722868

Original Release Date: 2013-06-05 | Last Revised: 2013-06-05


IBM QRadar SIEM software contains a command injection vulnerability that allows an authenticated user to execute operating system commands on the QRadar device.


The IBM security bulletin for CVE-2013-2970 states:

A command injection vulnerability has been discovered within the IBM QRadar SIEM software that allows an authenticated user to execute operating system commands as a limited access user on the QRadar device. This access could be used to gain remote shell access as that webservices user. Even though authenticated users of the QRadar SIEM do not necessarily have shell access, action should be taken to ensure this issue is patched as soon as possible.

The attack can be conducted over the internet. Some degree of specialized knowledge and techniques are required to conduct this attack. Multiple authentication attempts are required for this attack. An exploit may have a limited impact on the confidentiality of information and the integrity of data and could reduce performance / cause interruptions to availability.

Additional details may be found in the full IBM security bulletin.


A remote authenticated attacker may be able to run operating system commands on the QRadar device.


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The vulnerability is fixed in the following version of QRadar SIEM:

Vendor Information


IBM Corporation Affected

Notified:  May 02, 2013 Updated: June 05, 2013



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor References

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 6 AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P
Temporal 5 E:F/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental 3.8 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to Stephen Hosom for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jared Allar.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2013-2970
Date Public: 2013-06-03
Date First Published: 2013-06-05
Date Last Updated: 2013-06-05 17:19 UTC
Document Revision: 12

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