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Security Bulletin: Rational ClearQuest CQOle ActiveX Control Remote Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2012-0708)

Security Bulletin


A defect has been discovered where an IBM Rational ClearQuest Ole API function can be called with incorrect parameters causing a crash or possible execution of attack code.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-0708

Description: A defect has been discovered where a ClearQuest Ole API function can be called with incorrect parameters causing a crash or possible execution of attack code. All versions of ClearQuest are affected. This affects only Windows platforms.

In order to be affected, the machine must have ClearQuest .dll files installed. These files are installed on a Microsoft Windows machine if any of the components of the ClearQuest installation are installed on a machine. This includes the following:

  • ClearQuest Client (Eclipse-based)
  • ClearQuest Client for Windows (Microsoft MFC-based)
  • ClearQuest Web Server or server components

Machines which do not have any ClearQuest .dll files installed on them are not impacted. This includes using a browser to run the ClearQuest Web Client. The ClearQuest Web Server is the machine that has the .dll files installed on them. The machine running the browser which accesses the ClearQuest Web Server is not impacted, unless that browser's machine also has run a ClearQuest product installation and installed any ClearQuest components on that machine.

CVSS Base Score: 9.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Affected Products and Versions

Any supported Microsoft Windows platform.

Workarounds and Mitigations


This vulnerability does not exist on UNIX or Linux platforms.


Do not run untrusted applications on the machine.

Configure browsers to not allow ActiveX controls to run.

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This vulnerability was discovered by Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod, working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).

Change History

* 25 April 2012 - Added paragraph 2 and 3 to Description for clarification.
* 19 April 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