IBM DB2 Universal Database up to 9.0 input validation

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A vulnerability has been found in IBM DB2 Universal Database up to 9.0 (Database Software) and classified as problematic. Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-20. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 01/13/2009. The weakness was shared 01/16/2009 (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2009-0173 since 01/16/2009. The exploitation appears to be easy. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available.

A public exploit has been developed in Python. It is declared as proof-of-concept. It is possible to download the exploit at The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 3 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k.

Upgrading to version 9.1 eliminates this vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 8688.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (47934), SecurityTracker (ID 1021591) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-20616). The entry 45948 is related to this item.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.8

VulDB Base Score: 5.3
VulDB Temp Score: 4.8
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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: DB2 Universal Database 9.1
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Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2009-0173 (🔍)
X-Force: 47934
SecurityTracker: 1021591
Vulnerability Center: 20616 - IBM DB2 Universal Database 9.1 FP6a and 9.5 FP3a Remote Dos Vulnerability via a Crafted Data Stream, Medium
SecurityFocus: 33258 - IBM DB2 Remote Denial of Service Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 33529
OSVDB: 52618 - CVE-2009-0173 - IBM - DB2 - Unspecified Issue
Vupen: ADV-2009-0137

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Created: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM
Updated: 08/26/2019 06:48 AM
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