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Security Bulletin: Rational Directory Server Help system can be affected by Open Redirect and Cross Site Scripting vulnerability

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Security vulnerabilities have been discovered in the IBM Rational Directory Server (RDS) Help system shipped with the product. When the Help file is opened in Rational Directory Administrator, the 'href' parameter in advanced/deferredView.jsp causes the followng security vulnerabilities: Open Redirect and Cross Site Scripting.

Vulnerability Details

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This vulnerability affects all versions of RDA (Tivoli) and RDA (Apache).

The following security vulnerabilities may be found in the RDS help (Help > Help item in RDA window):

  • Open Redirect: Click the link below. If RDS has a security vulnerability, the browser will redirect to google home page:


  • Cross Site Scripting: Click the link below. If RDS has a security vulnerability, an alert/dialog box pops up with some garbage text:


Affected Products and Versions

IBM Rational Directory Server 5.2 (Tivoli) and later (including iFix releases) IBM Rational Directory Server 5.1.1 (Apache) and later (including iFix releases)


The recommended solution is to apply the fixes as soon as possible.

IBM Rational Directory Server (Tivoli):
Apply Rational Directory Server (Tivoli) Interim Fix 2 for

IBM Rational Directory Server (Apache):
Apply Rational Directory Server (Apache) Fix Pack 2 ( for 5.1.1

Workarounds and Mitigations

The risk can be mitigated as follows.

  1. Download the file and extract the rds-help.war
  2. Stop the WebAccessServer (apache tomcat server)
    • Windows:
      <RDS\RDA install location>\WebAccessServer\apache-tomcat-x.0.xx\bin\catalina.bat stop
    • UNIX / Linux:
      <RDS/RDA install location>/WebAccessServer/apache-tomcat-x.0.xx/bin\ stop

  3. Go to the location where the war file is located in the RDS/RDA install location.
    • Windows:
      <RDS\RDA install location>\WebAccessServer\apache-tomcat-x.0.xx\webapps\
    • UNIX / Linux:
      <RDS/RDA install location>/WebAccessServer/apache-tomcat-x.0.xx/webapps/

  4. Delete (or backup) the following:
    file: rds-help.war
    directory: rds-help

  5. Replace the rds-help.war downloaded.

  6. Start the WebAccessServer
    • Windows:
      <RDS\RDA install location>\WebAccessServer\Start_RDAWebServer.bat
    • UNIX / Linux:
      <RDS/RDA install location>/WebAccessServer/
The latest rds-help.war file is now installed which does not have the security vulnerabilitys.

Note: This help file has content for RDS 5.2 (Tivoli) and RDS 5.1.1 (Apache) and later.

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* 18 June 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

More support for: Rational Directory Server

Software version: 5.0, 5.1,,, 5.1.1,, 5.2,,

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1597191

Modified date: 20 June 2012

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