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Security Bulletin: IBM Cognos Express Admin Server vulnerabilities (CVE-2012-0202)

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The tm1admsd.exe server contains a security vulnerability shipped by IBM Cognos Express versions 9.0 and 9.5. The vulnerability allows a remote attacker that has access to the server and port that the server is listening on to cause a Denial of Service (DoS) attack and potentially execute arbitrary code.

Vulnerability Details

CVE IDs: CVE-2012-0202

DESCRIPTION: It is possible that a remote attacker can send maliciously crafted data to the IBM Cognos Analytic Server (ICAS) Admin Server which would result in a buffer overflow condition on the server running this software. The exposures range from crashing the ICAS Admin Server process through to potentially inserting code of their design to run within the ICAS Admin Server Process.

As of March 31, 2012, IBM has not received any reports of customer issues related to these security vulnerabilities.

This vulnerability was reported to IBM by TippingPoint.

Using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) v2, the security ratings for these issues are:

CVSS Base Score: 10
CVSS Temporal Score: See the corresponding X-Force reference for each CVE for the current score:
CVE-2012-0202 – See
CVSS Environmental Score: Undefined
CVSS String: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

IBM Cognos Express (on all platforms) v9.0
IBM Cognos Express (on all platforms) v 9.5

This vulnerability has been addressed in the shipping version of the ICAS Admin Server included with IBM Cognos Express 10.1 released May 15, 2012.
Cognos Express 10.1

Cognos Express 9.0 Interim Fix

Note: Customers using IBM Cognos Express 9.0 need to apply the 9.0 FP1 (Fix Pack 1) first and before applying the corresponding interim fix. IBM Cognos Express 9.0 FP1 is available on Fix Central.
Cognos Express 9.0 FP1

Cognos Express 9.5 Interim Fix


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    Cross reference information
    Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
    Business Analytics Cognos Express Windows 10.1 All Editions

    Document information

    More support for: Cognos Express

    Software version: 9.0, 9.5

    Operating system(s): Windows

    Reference #: 1592222

    Modified date: 15 June 2012

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