Introduction: Understanding CVE-2022-34354

IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager 2. is a multi-enterprise collaboration service that streamlines partner onboarding and ensures adherence to business policies and standards. Recently, a vulnerability was identified in this service, which has been assigned the CVE ID of CVE-2022-34354. This vulnerability can potentially allow unauthorized users to access encrypted client data, which should ideally be safeguarded by Sterling Partner Engagement Manager. In this blog post, we will dive deeper into the details of this vulnerability, examine code snippets related to this issue, and explore potential exploit details.

IBM X-Force ID: 230424

IBM X-Force [1] has assigned this vulnerability an ID of 230424 and classified it as an encrypted storage vulnerability that can affect IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager 2..

What is the issue?

IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager 2. allows encrypted storage of client data to be stored locally. However, this stored data can potentially be accessed and read by another user on the system, thus compromising the confidentiality of the client data [2].

Code Snippet

Here is a code snippet that demonstrates how this vulnerability might occur in the IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager 2.:

// Load encrypted data from local storage
const loadEncryptedData = async () => {
  const encryptedData = await localstorage.getItem("clientData");

  // Decrypt data using a secret key
  const decryptedData = await decrypt(encryptedData, secretKey);

  // Load decrypted data into the application

// Get secret key from another user on the system
const getSecretKey = async (userId) => {
  const secretKey = await get_user_secret_key(userId);

  return secretKey;

Exploit Details

An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by gaining access to the system and obtaining the secret key from another user, as shown in the code snippet above. With the secret key, the attacker could then read the encrypted data stored locally and gain unauthorized access to client data.


To resolve this vulnerability, IBM recommends upgrading to IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager 2.1. The upgrade includes security enhancements that prevent unauthorized users from accessing client data stored in encrypted form [3].


CVE-2022-34354 represents a significant risk to the confidentiality of client data in IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager 2.. By understanding the details of the vulnerability, potential exploits, and mitigation strategies, businesses can take steps to secure their systems and protect client data.



Published on: 11/16/2022 17:15:00 UTC
Last modified on: 11/18/2022 04:42:00 UTC