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Security Bulletin: Rational ClearQuest affected by vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160)

Security Bulletin


A security vulnerability has been discovered in OpenSSL. OpenSSL is shipped as embedded in cqperl, in some cases IBM Rational ClearQuest hooks/scripts using OpenSSL might be affected. The vulnerability could allow a malicious server to expose private memory of the client. ClearQuest has no affected server components.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE-ID: CVE-2014-0160

Description: OpenSSL could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an error in the TLS/DTLS heartbeat functionality. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to expose 64k of private memory and retrieve secret keys. An attacker can repeatedly expose additional 64k chunks of memory. This vulnerability can be remotely exploited, authentication is not required and the exploit is not complex. It can be exploited on any system (ie. server, client, agent) receiving connections using the vulnerable OpenSSL library.

CVSS Base Score: 5
CVSS Temporal Score: See
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Warning: It is strongly encouraged that you take action as soon as possible as potential implications to your environment may be more serious than indicated by the CVSS score.

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Rational ClearQuest versions:

  • 7.1.2 through
  • 8.0 through
  • 8.0.1 through

Note: Versions earlier than 7.1.2 are not affected.

OpenSSL is shipped as embeded in cqperl.

Rational ClearQuest does not provide any services using OpenSSL.

No server component is affected.

CQWeb relies on IHS/WAS for SSL connection, and IHS/WAS is not affected by this vulnerability.

You are vulnerable if you use OpenSSL in the perl hooks/scripts.


Apply an interim fix for your appropriate release of ClearQuest.

After applying the fix, additional instructions are needed for CVE-2014-0160.

  1. Replace your SSL Certificates

    You need to revoke existing SSL certificates and reissue new certificates for affected SSL connections. You need to be sure not to generate the new certificates using the old private key and create a new private key (using "openssl genrsa") and use that new private key to create the new certificate signing request (CSR).

  2. Reset User Credentials

    Users of network facing applications protected by a vulnerable version of OpenSSL should be forced to reset their passwords and should revoke any authentication or session related cookies set prior to the time OpenSSL was upgraded and force the user to re-authenticate.

Warning: Your environment may require additional fixes for other products, including non-IBM products. Please replace the SSL certificates and reset the user credentials after applying the necessary fixes to your environment.

Workarounds and Mitigations

    Disable the ClearCase/ClearQuest integration and any customized defined use of cqperl with SSL until you apply the fixes listed above.

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Change History

* 22 April 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.


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

Initial release plan: interim fix.

Subsequent: will roll a fix into a future fixpack, and revise this bulletin to refer users to the fixpack.

The solution is to upgrade to a fix pack of ClearQuest that has a newer OpenSSL component that corrects these vulnerabilities. Please see below for information on the fixes available.
Fixes are planned for second quarter 2014.

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018