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Security Bulletin: Critical Security Vulnerability in RDS Client library affecting Rational Change (CVE-2014-3089)

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Clear text password in IBM Rational Directory Server (RDS) supplied Client library could allow potential hacker to gain access to RDS and access to unauthorized data used by consuming products such as Rational Change.

Vulnerability Details

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CVEID: CVE-2014-3089 
CVSS Base Score: 2.1 
CVSS Temporal Score:
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CVSS Environmental Score*:
CVSS Vector:

Description: Rational Directory Server (Apache and Tivoli) is used by Rational Change for user authentication and data management. The communication between RDS and its consuming products happens through a set of RDS Client Java libraries shipped with consuming products.

A RDS Java Client library carries clear text password of root user. A potential hacker with this password information could connect to RDS and could exploit its consuming products data. 

Affected Products and Versions

Rational Change 5.2, 5.3 and 5.3.1


Install the appropriate Rational Directory Server updates as listed in Security Bulletin: Critical Security Vulnerability in Rational Directory Server (Tivoli and Apache) (CVE-2014-3089).

Download and apply the Rational Change ifix for your applicable release:

Note: If you use Rational Synergy in conjunction with Rational Change, review Security Bulletin: Critical Security Vulnerability in RDS Client library affecting Rational Synergy (CVE-2014-3089) for Rational Synergy fixes.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

* 19 August 2014: 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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Internal Use Only

PSIRT # 1844 Record # 39753

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018