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Security Bulletin: XML External Entity (XXE) vulnerabilities in ClearQuest (CVE-2014-0950)

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IBM Rational ClearQuese is vulnerable to XML external entity attacks. These attacks could cause denial of service or be used to attack other servers accessible from a client or server.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2014-0950

Description: IBM Rational ClearQuest is vulnerable to XML external entity attacks. A malicious server could provoke a client to access other servers. A malicious client could cause denial of service on a server, or cause the server to access other servers.
The vulnerable components are:
  • CQWeb / CM Server
  • ClearQuest Native client
  • ClearQuest Eclipse client
  • ClearQuest Eclipse Designer

CVSS Base Score: 4
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Rational ClearQuest versions 7.1.1 through, 7.1.2 through, 8.0.0 through, and 8.0.1 through

ClearQuest versionStatus
8.0.1 through
8.0 through
7.1.2 through
7.1.0.x, 7.1.1.x (all versions and fix packs)Affected


The solution is to upgrade to a newer fix pack of ClearQuest.

Affected Versions Apply the fix
8.0.1.xRational ClearQuest Fix Pack 4 ( for 8.0.1
8.0.0.xRational ClearQuest Fix Pack 11 ( for 8.0
7.1.2.xRational ClearQuest Fix Pack 14 ( for 7.1.2
Rational ClearQuest Fix Pack 14 ( for 7.1.2
  • Note: inter-operates with all 7.1.1.x systems, and can be installed in the same way as 7.1.1.x fix packs.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

* 25 June 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.


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Internal Use Only

IBM20140327-2312-30 Advisory DB ID = 1614 Product DB Record 34772

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2018