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Security Bulletin: Encrypted passwords field available in result set of User record type (CVE-2012-2165)

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The encrypted password field for a user is available to IBM Rational ClearQuest queries and can be displayed in a result set. This is an information disclosure that may assist an attacker in attempts to construct passwords that match that encrypted value.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-2165

Description: The ClearQuest user record contains a field for storing the encrypted password field for a user. This can be displayed to a user by including this field in a result set of a query on users. This password value is encrypted and the original password cannot be reconstructed from this encrypted value. However, an attacker could use this information disclosure to attempt to find other passwords that also encrypt to this value.

This defect only applies if the user is authenticated using ClearQuest Authentication. It does NOT apply if the user is authenticated using LDAP Authentication. This encrypted password value for LDAP Authentication is not a password.

The correction for this information disclosure is that the encrypted field will now display a sequence of asterisk characters, such as ********

CVSS Base Score: 3.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Any supported platform.

Workarounds and Mitigations


Use LDAP authentication.


Do not let untrusted users have ClearQuest accounts. Do not grant "All Users/Groups Visible" privilege to users in order to minimize the number of users accounts another user could query against.

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Change History

* 17 August 2012 - X-Force re-evaluated and new, lower CVSS score resulted. Was 6, now 3.5
* 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