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Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java Runtime affect IBM Rational ClearQuest

Security Bulletin


There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® Runtime Environment Java™ Versions 7 and 8, which are used by IBM Rational ClearQuest on the AIX platform. IBM Rational ClearQuest has addressed the applicable CVEs.

Vulnerability Details

If you run your own Java code using the IBM Java Runtime delivered with this product, you should evaluate your code to determine whether additional Java vulnerabilities are applicable to your code. For a complete list of vulnerabilities, refer to the "IBM Java SDK Security Bulletin", located in the References section for more information.

CVEID: CVE-2019-4473
DESCRIPTION: Multiple binaries in IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition on the AIX platform use insecure absolute RPATHs, which may facilitate code injection and privilege elevation by local users.
CVSS Base Score: 8.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

CVEID: CVE-2019-11771
DESCRIPTION: Eclipse OpenJ9 could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the system, caused by the inclusion of unused RPATHS in AIX builds. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to inject code and gain elevated privileges on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 8.4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Rational ClearQuest version 9 on AIX in the following components:

  • ClearQuest Web/CQ OSLC server/CM Server component, when configured to use SSL.
  • ClearQuest Eclipse clients that use Report Designer, run remote reports on servers using secure connections, or use the embedded browser to connect to secure web sites. If you do not use the ClearQuest Eclipse client in this way, then you are not affected.
ClearQuest version
9.0.1 through
9.0 through


The solution is to install a fix that includes an updated Java™ Virtual Machine with fixes for the issues, and to apply fixes for WebSphere Application Server (WAS).

ClearQuest Eclipse Clients
Apply the relevant fixes as listed in the table below.

Affected Versions
Applying the fix
9.0.1 through
9.0 through

For 8.0, and earlier releases, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release/platform of the product.

ClearQuest Web/CQ OSLC Server/CM Server Component

  1. Determine the WAS version used by your CM server. Navigate to the CM profile directory (either the profile you specified when installing ClearQuest, or <clearquest-home>/cqweb/cqwebprofile), then execute the script: bin/ (UNIX) or bin\versionInfo.bat (Windows). The output includes a section "IBM WebSphere Application Server". Make note of the version listed in this section.
  2. Review the following WAS security bulletin:
    Security Bulletin: Multiple Vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affect WebSphere Application Server July 2019 CPU
    and apply the latest available fix for the version of WAS used for CM server.

Note: there may be newer security fixes for WebSphere Application Server. Follow the link above (in the section "Get Notified about Future Security Bulletins") to subscribe to WebSphere product support alerts for additional Java SDK fixes.

Affected Versions
Applying the fix


Apply the appropriate WebSphere Application Server fix directly to your CM server host. No ClearQuest-specific steps are necessary.

Workarounds and Mitigations


Get Notified about Future Security Bulletins



Change History

4 November 2019: Original version published
27 March 2020: Updated to reference the fixpack containing the fix

*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 Security Bulletin.


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Document Information

Modified date:
29 March 2020