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Security Bulletin: Rational Integration Tester component in Rational Test Workbench affected by Netty vulnerability (CVE-2014-3488)

Security Bulletin


The Netty library is vulnerable affecting the Rational Integration Tester component in IBM Rational Test Workbench.

Vulnerability Details

CVE ID: CVE-2014-3488
Description: Netty is vulnerable to a denial of service, caused by an error in SslHandler. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a specially-crafted SSLv2Hello message to exhaust all available CPU resources and cause the application to enter into an infinite loop.

CVSS Base Score: 5.0
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)

Affected Products and Versions

Rational Integration Tester component in Rational Test Workbench versions:

  • 8.0 -
  • 8.0.1 -
  • 8.5 -
  • 8.5.1 -
  • 8.6 -


The fixes for the CVE(s) mentioned above have been incorporated into the 3.9.5 release of the Netty library, and included in a set of new fixpacks available from IBM.
Upgrade your installation as follows:

Visit IBM Fix Central to search for, download and apply the following fixpacks for your version of product:

  • All 8.0.0.x ->
  • All 8.0.1.x ->
  • All 8.5.0.x ->
  • All 8.5.1.x ->
  • All 8.6.0.x ->

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Related information

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*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 Test Virtualization Server Rational Test Control Panel AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 8.0,,,, 8.0.1,,,,, 8.5,,

Document information

More support for: Rational Test Workbench
Rational Integration Tester

Software version: 8.0,,,, 8.0.1,,,,, 8.5,,, 8.5.1,,,, 8.6,,

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

Reference #: 1695042

Modified date: 26 February 2015