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Security Bulletin: Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest Java API Documentation Frame Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2013-1571)

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Java API Documentation contains a frame injection vulnerability.

Vulnerability Details

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CVEID: CVE-2013-1571

Description: HTML documentation generated by the Javadoc tool contains a security vulnerability. The vulnerability allows an attacker to craft a malicious link to the documentation which injects arbitrary content into the main frame. The injected content appears to originate from the site hosting the documentation, but in fact it is hosted elsewhere, and may contain malicious links or content. This type of attack is known as "clickjacking".

The attack does not require authentication and may be exploited remotely if the html page is network available, but some degree of specialized knowledge and techniques are required. An exploit would not impact the confidentiality of information or the availability of the system, but data integrity could be compromised.

IBM Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest can optionally install Javadoc for the CM Server component. This is installed by selecting the “CM Library Samples and Documentation” feature from the Installation Manager for ClearCase or ClearQuest. The Javadoc is located in a file called in your ClearCase or ClearQuest product installation directory.

If you have not installed the CM Library Samples and Documentation feature, you do not have the file on your system, and this bulletin does not apply to your ClearQuest or ClearCase installation.

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:N/I:P/A:N)

Affected Products and Versions

IBM Rational ClearCase and IBM Rational ClearQuest: 7.1.x (all levels); 8.0.0 through; 8.0.1,


ClearCase/ClearQuest release
Users hosting publicly facing Java API Documentation are strongly encouraged use Oracle’s Java API Documentation Updater Tool; a repair-in-place tool meant to correct existing documentation.
8.0.0 through
Install Fix Pack 9 or later (
Install Fix Pack 2 or later (

Workarounds and Mitigations

Remove the IBM Rational ClearCase or ClearQuest file by using the Installation Manager to deselect the CM Library Samples and Documentation feature.

Note: Only use the Installation Manager to remove this zip file, so that future upgrades do not get errors. The Installation Manager keeps track of files that it has installed, and expects them to be there for upgrades.

If you have unzipped this file and placed its contents elsewhere, then delete those unzipped files.

Use the information provided in the product documentation to read about the CM API:


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Change History

* 18 June 2013: Original copy published
* 8 October 2014: Revised to list fix-packs correcting the issue

*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 ClearQuest Documentation AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows 7.1,,, 7.1.1,,,,,,,,,, 7.1.2,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, 8.0,,,,,,,,, 8.0.1,

Document information

More support for: Rational ClearCase

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

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

Reference #: 1641215

Modified date: 22 October 2014

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