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Security Bulletin: Vulnerability in IBM Java Runtime affects IBM Rational ClearQuest (CVE-2016-3426)

Security Bulletin


There is a vulnerability in IBM® Runtime Environment Java™ Technology Edition, Versions 6, 7, and 8, which are used by IBM Rational ClearQuest. This issue was disclosed as part of the IBM Java SDK updates in April 2016.

Vulnerability Details

CVEID: CVE-2016-3426
DESCRIPTION: An unspecified vulnerability related to the JCE component could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, resulting in a partial confidentiality impact using unknown attack vectors.
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

IBM Rational ClearQuest, versions 7.1.0.x, 7.1.1.x, 7.1.2.x, 8.0.0.x, 8.0.1.x, and 9.0.0.x in the following components:

  • ClearQuest Web/CQ OSLC server/CM Server component, when configured to use SSL.
  • ClearQuest Eclipse clients that use Report Designer, run remote reports on servers using secure connections, or use the embedded browser to connect to secure web sites. If you do not use the ClearQuest Eclipse client in this way, then you are not affected.
ClearQuest version
9.0 through
8.0.1 through
8.0 through
(all versions and fix packs)


The solution is to install a fix that includes an updated Java™ Virtual Machine with fixes for the issues, and to apply fixes for WebSphere Application Server (WAS).

ClearQuest Eclipse Client and Report Designer fixes

ClearQuest Web server fixes

Determine the version of WAS that your deployment is using and follow the instructions at Security Bulletin: Multiple vulnerabilities in IBM® Java SDK affect WebSphere Application Server April 2016 CPU to update your version of WebSphere Application Server.
Affected Versions
Applying the fix
Apply the appropriate WebSphere Application Server fix directly to your ClearQuest Web server host. No ClearQuest-specific steps are necessary.
7.1.2.x (all fix packs)
7.1.1.x (all fix packs)
7.1.0.x (all fix packs)
Customers on extended support contracts should contact customer support.
For 7.0.x and 7.1.x and earlier releases, IBM recommends upgrading to a fixed, supported version/release/platform of the product.

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Change History

* 15 September 2016: Originally 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.


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.

Document information

More support for: Rational ClearQuest

Software version: 7.1,,, 7.1.1,,,,,,,,,, 7.1.2,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 8.0,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 8.0.1,,,,,,,,,,,, 9.0,

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

Reference #: 1990134

Modified date: 15 September 2016