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Security Bulletin: ClearQuest Help System Open Redirect (CVE-2012-2159)

Security Bulletin


Some scripts inside the IBM Rational ClearQuest web help application are vulnerable to Open Redirect attacks. Exploiting this vulnerability allows an attacker to provide a link to the victim which directs to the trusted website. If the user visits the link to the trusted website, the user gets immediately redirected to the website provided by the attacker.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-2159

Description: The ClearQuest Help system contains a Open Redirect vulnerability. The ClearQuest web user needs to be tricked into inserting mal-formed URL addresses into the browser, or click on a mal-formed URL link.

This vulnerability exists for those deployments that are using their own Intranet Help server (also known as Enterprise help server) .

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Any supported ClearQuest Web Help platform.

Workarounds and Mitigations


Use ClearQuest Remote Help which connects to the ClearQuest Information Center.


Do not trust URL links to the ClearQuest Help system given by untrusted users. Examine the URL for extra parameters and text that is not related to the ClearQuest Help system.

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Change History

* 8 August 2012 - Original copy 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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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018