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Security Bulletin: ClearCase installer exposes server passwords in memory (CVE-2014-6134)

Security Bulletin


IBM Rational ClearCase's installer exposes server passwords in memory during the installation procedure.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2014-6134
IBM ClearCase installer exposes server passwords in memory in clear text so that a local attacker can examine the process and recover the password.
CVSS Base Score: 1.2
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

ClearCase version

8.0.1 through
8.0 through
The vulnerability only occurs during installation. Once the product is installed, there is no vulnerability to this issue.


The solution is to upgrade to Installation Manager 1.8.2 or later and upgrade to a newer fix pack of ClearCase.

Affected ClearCase Versions
Applying the ClearCase fix
Install IM 1.8.2 or later (follow the links in IBM document 7025142), then install Rational ClearCase Fix Pack 7 ( for 8.0.1.
Install IM 1.8.2 or later (follow the links in IBM document 7025142), then install Rational ClearCase Fix Pack 14 ( for 8.0.

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Change History

* 18 March 2015: Original version published.

*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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Internal Use Only

7.1.1 and 7.1.2 are vulnerable as well, but we have no way to fix them. Development is contacting each customer on 7.1.x extended support to understand their needs for a fix or workaround. We have a clumsy workaround involving a bogus password during install and use of the 'sc.exe' tool to set the password remotely and securely.

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Document Information

Modified date:
10 July 2018