IBM AIX 4.3.3/5.1/5.2 tsm format string

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in IBM AIX 4.3.3/5.1/5.2 (Operating System). This affects an unknown part of the component tsm. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a format string vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-134. The software uses a function that accepts a format string as an argument, but the format string originates from an external source. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 08/21/2003. The weakness was disclosed 09/22/2003 with IBM (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2003-0784 since 09/16/2003. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 30 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k.

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (13266) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-9087). Further details are available at The entry 294 is pretty similar.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.0

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Format String
CWE: CWE-134
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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08/21/2003 🔍
09/16/2003 +26 days 🔍
09/18/2003 +2 days 🔍
09/19/2003 +1 days 🔍
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10/06/2003 +14 days 🔍
09/06/2005 +701 days 🔍
07/23/2019 +5068 days 🔍



Organization: IBM
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2003-0784 (🔍)
X-Force: 13266 - IBM AIX /usr/sbin/tsm format string, High Risk
Vulnerability Center: 9087 - IBM AIX Local Format String Vulnerability in tsm for the Fileset, Critical
SecurityFocus: 8648 - IBM AIX tsm Utility Local Format String Vulnerability
Secunia: 9789 - IBM AIX tsm Format String Vulnerability, Moderately Critical
OSVDB: 2161 - IBM AIX tsm Format String Privilege Escalation

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Created: 09/22/2003 01:14 PM
Updated: 07/23/2019 04:00 PM
Changes: (1) vulnerability_discoverydate
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