TIBCO Security Advisory: January 15, 2008 - TIBCO SmartSockets® Product Family Modules

TIBCO SmartSockets® Product Family Modules (RTworks) vulnerability

Original release date: January 15, 2008
Last revised: --
CVE-2007-5655, CVE-2007-5656, CVE-2007-5657, CVE-2007-5658
Source: TIBCO Software Inc.


TIBCO RTworks components listed below contain buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the processing of inbound data. The impact of these vulnerabilities may include remote execution of arbitrary code, information disclosure, and denial of service.

TIBCO has released updates which address critical vulnerabilities in the server and library components of the TIBCO RTworks.

These vulnerabilities directly affect the RTworks server (rtserver) and applications utilizing the TipcConnAccept interface. These vulnerabilities may also affect applications utilizing the RTworks libraries if an attacker is able to inject data into the server/client TCP connection.

TIBCO strongly recommends sites running the affected components to install the update or take mitigating action as appropriate.

Systems Affected

  • TIBCO SmartSockets Product Family (RTworks) versions below 4.0.4

The following components are affected:

  • TIBCO RTworks Server (rtserver)
  • TIBCO RTworks Data Archive Process (rtarchive)
  • TIBCO RTworks Data Playback Process (rtplayback)
  • TIBCO RTworks Data Acquisition Process (rtdaq)
  • TIBCO RTworks Human Computer Interface (rthci)
  • TIBCO RTworks Inference Engine (rtie)
  • TIBCO RTworks libraries (rtipc, rtutil)


The impact of these vulnerabilities varies depending on the operating system and the privilege levels of the user that invokes the server or application.

The successful exploit will allow arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user that invoked the server or application.


  • Upgrade TIBCO RTworks to version 4.0.4 or above.  This is strongly recommended.

If an upgrade is not possible, the following actions can mitigate the vulnerabilities:

  • Utilize a firewall to restrict access to the rtserver or TipcConnAccept port to trusted sources.
  • Use a user with restricted privileges to invoke the server or application.
  • Invoke the server or application from a chroot environment. This will restrict the ability to access or modify information in the event of a successful exploit.

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