EGI SVG Advisories


Title:   EGI SVG 'ALERT' **UPDATE** [TLP:WHITE] CRITICAL risk vulnerability in
         IBM GPFS file system  [EGI-SVG-2020-16274]
Date:    2020-03-13
Updated: 2020-04-28, 2020-06-05

Affected software and risk
CRITICAL risk vulnerability concerning IBM GPFS

Package : GPFS
Bug ID  :

A site of a peer infrastructure has identified a local privilege escalation
vulnerability in IBM GPFS.
We are aware that there are some sites within EGI which use this software,
hence the alert.

Actions required/recommended

**UPDATE 2020-06-05**

Changed to [TLP:WHITE] and placed on the wiki

**UPDATE 2020-04-28**

IBM has released updates for this - See [R 2]

Sites should carry out updates as suggested by IBM Support if they have not
done so already.


At the time of writing there is no full solution for this vulnerability.

At present sites are recommended to carry out the mitigating actions below.


Update to the latest version (which we are told will fix some other

Remove SUID bit from /usr/lpp/mmfs/bin/*

Affected software details

We are fairly sure RPM package gpfs.base-4.2.3-20 is affected by a Local
Privilege Escalation vulnerability.

All versions of GPFS 4.2.3 may be affected by a Local Privilege Escalation


** WHITE information - Unlimited distribution
 - see for distribution restrictions **


Minor updates may be made without re-distribution to the sites


Comments or questions should be sent to svg-rat  at

If you find or become aware of another vulnerability which is relevant to EGI
you may report it by e-mail to

report-vulnerability at

the EGI Software Vulnerability Group will take a look according to the
procedure defined in [R 1]

Note that this is undergoing revision to fully handle vulnerabilities in the
EOSC-hub era.


[R 1]

[R 2]


SVG was alerted to this vulnerability by Vincent Brillault (CERN), a member of


Yyyy-mm-dd  [EGI-SVG-2020-16274]

2020-03-12 SVG alerted to this issue by Vincent Brillault
2020-03-13 EGI SVG Risk Assessment completed
2020-03-13 Alert sent to sites
2020-04-28 Update sent to sites
2020-06-05 Placed on SVG wiki


This alert has been prepared as part of the effort to fulfil EGI SVG's purpose
"To minimize the risk to the EGI infrastructure arising from software

The risk is that assessed by the group, according to the EGI SVG issue handling
procedure [R 1] in the context of how the software is used in the EGI
infrastructure. It is the opinion of the group, we do not guarantee it to be
correct. The risk may also be higher or lower in other deployments depending on
how the software is used.

This advisory is subject to the Creative commons license and the EGI
Software Vulnerability Group must be credited.

Note that the SVG issue handling procedure is currently under review, to take
account of the increasing I nhomogeneity of the EGI infrastructure and the
services in the EOSC-hub catalogue.

On behalf of the EGI SVG,