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IBM issues updates to fix serious DB2 flaws

IBM released updates for its DB2 database management system, fixing a variety of flaws that could be exploited by hackers to bypass security controls.

IBM released an update Wednesday to patch at least 10 vulnerabilities in its DB2 database management system (DBMS).

The IBM Fix Packs address flaws in DB2 versions 9.1, 9.5 and DB2 Universal Database versions 8.1 and 8.2. The DBMS is affected by SQL injection vulnerabilities, an error that could result in password disclosure and a flaw that could reveal sensitive data.

Danish vulnerability clearinghouse Secunia gave the flaws a "moderately critical" rating and warned that the flaws could be exploited remotely.

"Some have an unknown impact and others can be exploited by malicious people to cause a DoS (denial of service) and disclose potentially sensitive information," Secunia said in its advisory.

The French Security Incident Response Team (FrSIRT) posted advisories for the latest DB2 vulnerabilities on its website. It also gave the flaws a "moderate risk" rating.

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