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Security Bulletin: SQL Injection for IBM Rational ClearQuest Maintenance tool (CVE-2011-1390)

Security Bulletin


The IBM Rational ClearQuest Maintenance tool on Microsoft Windows platforms contains a feature to upgrade the user database. This feature is subject to a SQL Injection attack.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2011-1390

Description: A defect has been discovered in the ClearQuest Maintenance tool that allows a SQL Injection attack when upgrading the user database. This attack requires that an attacker has access to run the ClearQuest Maintenance tool on your desktop and can connect directly to your ClearQuest repositories.

The attack allows arbitrary SQL to be executed against the connected repositories. A SQL Injection attack can result in data corruption and loss.

This attack requires access to and running of the ClearQuest Maintenance tool on a Windows platform and having a direct database connection to a ClearQuest dbset from the Maintenance tool.

This attack does not involve the ClearQuest Web Client, ClearQuest Client, or ClearQuest Client for Windows, or command line tools.

CVSS Base Score: 7.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

Any supported Microsoft Windows platform.

Workarounds and Mitigations


Do not deploy ClearQuest to the desktops, use the ClearQuest Web client instead.

Run ClearQuest on Linux or UNIX platforms since the ClearQuest Maintenance tool is not installed on those platforms.


Do not let untrusted users use your desktop applications.

Always provide periodic backups of your ClearQuest dbsets.

Do not reveal your dbset connection information to untrusted users. Place your dbsets on local networks with trusted users.

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This vulnerability was discovered by Jan Kaestle of Siemens AG.

Change History

* 10 May 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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Internal Use Only

"They requested acknowledgement in our security bulletin, see my copy immediately below. Larry Flynn of legal reviewed and approved the technote and did not complain.
- Mike"
From: IBM PSIRT/Somers/IBM
To: Michael J Saylor/Lexington/IBM@IBMUS
Cc: IBM PSIRT/Somers/IBM@IBMUS, Ron Craig/Raleigh/IBM@IBMUS
Date: 05/03/2012 07:07 AM
Subject: Re: Target Release Date for IBM20111213-0953-08
Sent by: Brad Sherrill

Hi Mike,

I see from the product record that this issue is now closed and fixed (Shipped 4/5. CQ v7.1.1.9,,, but was a Security Bulletin (Flash) published for this? The vulnerability reporter (Jan Kaestle of Siemens AG) has come back again asking about the security bulletin publication. Seimens will not be releasing an advisory, but had asked to receive acknowledgement in our bulletin.



IBM Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) | IBM PSIRT/Somers/IBM

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018