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Security Bulletin: Potential Denial of Service security vulnerability in Rational DOORS Web Access due to Java HashTable implementation vulnerability (CVE-2011-4858)

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Products bundled with Apache Tomcat are subject to a potential security exposure due to the Java HashTable implementation which can result in a Denial of Service (DoS) exposure when using Web based applications such as IBM Rational DOORS Web Access (DWA).

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2011-4858

Description: Apache Tomcat before 5.5.35, 6.x before 6.0.35, and 7.x before 7.0.23 computes hash values for form parameters without restricting the ability to trigger hash collisions predictably, which allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption) by sending many crafted parameters.

Affected Products and Versions

DOORS Web Access is deployed on Apache Tomcat 6.0.32 or earlier and is therefore impacted by this vulnerability which can cause performance or Denial of Service (DoS) issues.


You are advised to update to version 6.0.35 of Apache Tomcat to protect against this vulnerability. The download can be found here:
Review technote 1580689: How to upgrade Tomcat bundled with the IBM Rational DOORS Web Access server for details.

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Change History

* 15 February 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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Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Rational DOORS

Document information

More support for: Rational DOORS
Integrations: 3rd Party

Software version: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3,,, 1.4,,,,,

Operating system(s): Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1580299

Modified date: 15 February 2012

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