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Security Bulletin: IBM Rational ClearQuest security vulnerability fixes for CVE-2012-2203

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IBM Rational ClearQuest uses the IBM GSKit component to establish SSL connections to an LDAP directory server for LDAP authentication. ClearQuest and install updated versions of GSKit which contain corrections for security vulnerability CVE-2012-2203

Vulnerability Details

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CVE ID: CVE-2012-2203

Description: A vulnerability in relation to PKCS#12 operations and insertion of Trust Anchors exists with GSKit. PKCS#12 file format is not the usual format for ClearQuest deployments.

CVSS Base Score: 5.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

For ClearQuest v7.1.x: versions prior to

For ClearQuest v8.0.x: versions prior to


Upgrade ClearQuest to the below versions or later.

Workarounds and Mitigations

Workarounds: ClearQuest deployments that are not using LDAP authentication are not affected.
Mitigation: PKCS#12 format is not the default file format deployed for ClearQuest. Do not change from CMS format.

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Change History

* 25 September 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 ClearQuest
General Information

Software version: 7.1,,, 7.1.1,,,,,,,,,, 7.1.2,,,,,,,,, 8.0,,,,

Operating system(s): AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1612036

Modified date: 28 March 2014