Security Bulletin: Sametime Client Vulnerability

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Abstract

A vulnerability that can allow a remote attacker to send commands in a specially crafted way in a Sametime IM chat to a user

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-3308

DESCRIPTION:
A vulnerability exists that can allow a remote attacker to send commands in a specially crafted way in a Sametime IM chat to a user. The issue exists in both the Sametime rich client (Sametime Connect or embedded Sametime in Notes) and web client.

CVSS:
CVSS Base Score: 3.5
CVSS Temporal Score: See http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/77567 for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N)

*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 Flash.

AFFECTED PLATFORMS:
This potential vulnerability affects the Sametime clients, standalone and embedded and the Sametime web chat starting at version 8.0.2, 8.5.1, 8.5.1.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.2.1 on Windows, Macintosh and Linux. This vulnerability includes when these clients use a Sametime Gateway to Sametime Gateway connection.

The following client types are not affected by this issue:

  • Sametime Mobile clients
  • STLinks integration
  • Sametime version 8.0.1, 8.0.0 or 7.5.1 of all rich clients (Notes embedded and stand-alone)
  • Embedded Sametime in Notes 8.5.3 FP2 client
  • Notes Basic clients
  • Proxy 8.5 SDK clients
  • Clients using Sametime Gateway connecting to a third-party IM gateway
REMEDIATION: The recommended solution is to apply the fixes that are provided by IBM for the affected Sametime clients.

FIX:
Refer to the following technote 1599114 for instructions on how to download the relevant fixes: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21599114

WORKAROUND:
None known; apply fixes.

MITIGATION:
None known; apply fixes

REFERENCES:

Complete CVSS Guide ( http://www.first.org/cvss/cvss-guid.html)
On-line

Calculator V2 ( http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?calculator&adv&version=2)

X-Force Vulnerability Database ( http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/xfdb/77567)

CVE-2012-3308 ( http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-3308)

CHANGE HISTORY:
10 August 2012: Original Copy Published
20 August 2012: Add clarification about Sametime Gateway

Note: According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response."


IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

Related information

Complete CVSS Guide
On-line Calculator V2
X-Force Vulnerability DB
CVE-2012-3308


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More support for:

IBM Sametime
Chat

Software version:

8.0.2, 8.5, 8.5.1, 8.5.1.1, 8.5.1.2, 8.5.2, 8.5.2.1

Operating system(s):

Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Reference #:

1607903

Modified date:

2012-08-20

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