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Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM Java Runtime affect IBM Rational ClearCase (CVE-2017-10356, CVE-2017-10345)

Security Bulletin


There are multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® Runtime Environment Java™ Versions 6, 7, and 8, which are used by IBM Rational ClearCase. These issues were disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in October 2017.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2017-10356
DESCRIPTION: An unspecified vulnerability related to the Java SE Security component could allow an unauthenticated attacker to obtain sensitive information resulting in a high confidentiality impact using unknown attack vectors.
CVSS Base Score: 6.2
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:N/A:N)

CVEID: CVE-2017-10345
DESCRIPTION: An unspecified vulnerability related to the Java SE Serialization component could allow an unauthenticated attacker to cause a denial of service resulting in a low availability impact using unknown attack vectors.
CVSS Base Score: 3.1
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Rational ClearCase version 8 and 9 in the following components:

  • CCRC WAN server/CM Server component, when configured to use SSL
  • ClearCase remote client: CCRC/CTE GUI, rcleartool, and CMAPI clients
ClearCase version
9.0.1 through
9.0 through
8.0 through Affected
8.0.1 through Affected


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).

CCRC Client fixes

  • Apply the relevant fixes as listed in the table below.
    Affected Versions
    Applying the fix
    9.0.1 through
    9.0 through
    Install Rational ClearCase Fix Pack 3 ( for 9.0.1

    8.0.1 through
    8.0 through

    Install Rational ClearCase Fix Pack 18 ( for 8.0.1
    For 7.0, 7.1, 8.0, and earlier releases, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release/platform of the product.
    • If you use CCRC as an extension offering installed into an Eclipse shell (one not provided as part of a ClearCase release), or you use rcleartool or CMAPI using a Java™ Virtual Machine not supplied by IBM as part of Rational ClearCase, you should update the Java™ Virtual Machine that you use to include a fix for the above issues. Contact the supplier of your Java™ Virtual Machine and/or the supplier of your Eclipse shell.

CCRC WAN server fixes

Affected Versions
Applying the fix
Apply the appropriate WebSphere Application Server fix directly to your CCRC WAN server host. No ClearCase-specific steps are necessary.
    1. Determine the WAS version used by your CCRC WAN server. Navigate to the CCRC profile directory (either the profile you specified when installing ClearCase, or <ccase-home>/common/ccrcprofile), 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 affects WebSphere Application Server October 2017 CPU

      and apply the latest available fix for the version of WAS used for CCRC WAN server.
    • Note: there may be newer security fixes for WebSphere Application Server. Follow the link below (in the section "Get Notified about Future Security Bulletins") to subscribe to WebSphere product support alerts for additional Java SDK fixes.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Important Note

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Change History

30 April 2018: Originally published
9 August 2018: Updated for ClearCase 8.0.x and 8.0.1.x

*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.


According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES ""AS IS"" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

Internal Use Only

This advisory also applies to ClearCase 8.0.x but we do not have fixes for Java 6 yet. We will include those fixes in the next fix pack (2018C). (We did this in 2018C)

We should advise customers to update to 9.0 for many reasons (general support ending, etc), this is another reason.

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Document Information

Modified date:
09 August 2018