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Security Bulletin: Potential security vulnerabilities in RQM, RTC and RRC 4.0.3 for the Oracle April 2013 CPU (CVE-2013-0169)

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The version 4.x release of IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM), IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) and IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) are shipped with an IBM Java that is based on the Oracle Java. Oracle has released April 2013 critical patch updates (CPU) which contain security vulnerability fixes and the IBM Java is affected.

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2013-0169

Description: The TLS protocol does not properly consider timing side-channel attacks, which allows remote attackers to conduct distinguishing attacks and plain-text recovery attacks via statistical analysis of timing data for crafted packets, also known as the "Lucky Thirteen" issue.

CVSS Base Score: 4.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

Rational Quality Manager 4.0.3 and earlier
Rational Team Concert 4.0.3 and earlier
Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.3 and earlier


The recommended solution is to apply the fix to all previous versions as soon as practical.

The folowing releases includes an updated IBM Java version which addresses these security issues:

Rational Quality Manager 4.0.4
Rational Team Concert 4.0.4
Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.4

In addition, if the application is deployed on WebSphere Application Server, also upgrade to the appropriate fix pack as described in Security Bulletin: WebSphere Application Server - IBM SDK for Java April 2013 CPU.

Workarounds and Mitigations


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Change History

* 6 September 2013: Original Copy Published
* 17 March 2014: Added link to WAS fix

*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
Software Development Rational Team Concert General Information AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 4.0,,, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3
Software Development Rational Requirements Composer General Information Windows, Linux 4.0,,, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3
Software Development Rational Quality Manager General Information AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 4.0,,, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3

Document information

More support for: Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management
General Information

Software version: 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.3

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

Reference #: 1644604

Modified date: 17 March 2014

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