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Status Future consideration
Categories ClearQuest
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 2, 2017

ClearQuest EXEs not signed by IBM

We're trying to work with our security teams to create policies that will allow ClearQuest to run at a higher level of permission elevation in our environments. Software on our user's machines is very tightly managed to not allow registry updates or command line calls by default.

The ClearQuest executables we've tested (using v8.0.1.13 on Windows 10):

cqdbsetup.exe (Maintenance Tool)
clearquest.exe (both the Win32 client AND the RCP Client)

do not seem to be digitally signed. The Description comes back as either blank or very rudimentary ("clearquest" or "cqdbsetup") and the Publisher comes back as blank (instead of "IBM Rational" or something more meaningful). This is making it difficult for our security teams to make policy exceptions for ClearQuest because of the ease the application could be spoofed without some of this embedded info making it more difficult for a malicious attacker.

We're requesting that in a later version of ClearQuest, IBM takes steps to "sign" their software to make it easier for enterprise business security software to trust elevating their applications.

Idea priority Low
RFE ID 111023
RFE URL
RFE Product Rational ClearQuest
  • Guest
    Oct 9, 2017

    A preliminary evaluation of this request indicates that it is consistent with our business strategy. Further evaluation of this RFE is underway.