Date: 14 May 2012
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: SQL Injection for IBM Rational ClearQuest
14 May 2012
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: ClearQuest Maintenance tool
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2011-1390
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Security Bulletin: SQL Injection for IBM Rational ClearQuest Maintenance tool
The ClearQuest Maintenance tool on Microsoft Windows platforms contains a
feature to upgrade the user database. This feature is subject to a SQL Injection
CVE ID: CVE-2011-1390
Description: A defect has been discovered in the ClearQuest Maintenance tool
that allows a SQL Injection attack when upgrading the user database. This
attack requires that an attacker has access to run the ClearQuest Maintenance
tool on your desktop and can connect directly to your ClearQuest repositories.
The attack allows arbitrary SQL to be executed against the connected
repositories. A SQL Injection attack can result in data corruption and loss.
This attack requires access to and running of the ClearQuest Maintenance tool
on a Windows platform and having a direct database connection to a ClearQuest
dbset from the Maintenance tool.
This attack does not involve the ClearQuest Web Client, ClearQuest Client, or
ClearQuest Client for Windows, or command line tools.
CVSS Base Score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/71802 for the current
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
Affected Platforms: Any supported Microsoft Windows platform.
Remediation: Upgrade to ClearQuest version
Workarounds: Do not deploy ClearQuest to user's desktops; use the ClearQuest Web
client instead. Run ClearQuest on Linux or Unix platforms since the ClearQuest
Maintenance tool is not installed on those platforms.
Mitigation: Do not let untrusted users use your desktop applications. Always
provide periodic backups of your ClearQuest dbsets. Do not reveal your dbset
connection information to untrusted users. Place your dbsets on local networks
with trusted users.
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Acknowledgement: This vulnerability was discovered by Jan Kaestle of Siemens AG.
May 10, 2012â Initial Publicationâ
*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately
impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability
in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this Flash.
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POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.
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