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||Buffer overflow in Lotus Domino SMTP Server
||3rd November 2000
S.A.F.E.R. Security Bulletin 001103.EXP.1.9
TITLE : Buffer overflow in Lotus Domino SMTP Server
DATE : November 03, 2000
NATURE : Remote execution of code, Denial-of-Service
AFFECTED : Lotus Notes/Domino 5 (up to and including 5.04)
Buffer overflow exists in Lotus Domino SMTP server, which can lead to
Denial-of-Service or remote execution of code in context of user which
SMTP server is running as.
Lotus Domino/Notes server supports ENVID keyword (as defined in RFC 1891).
However, improper bounds checking allow remote user to overflow the buffer
and execute arbitrary code.
ENVID is an optional keyword which could be supplied along with 'MAIL
FROM' command as follows:
MAIL FROM: ENVID='A' x 900
When this command is sent, supplied string will overflow the buffer,
allocated in the stack.
By supplying properly crafted input, execution of code is possible. In
case of failure, the Notes server (all services) will crash and require
manual restart (possibly removal/modification of 'log.nsf' and/or
'mail.box' files as well).
Exploit will be released in 2 weeks (this is subject to change).
Lotus Notes/Domino 5.05 is not vulnerable to this problem. The proper
checks are implemented and if ENVID is longer than 255 characters, SMTP
server will reject the message.
It is also worth noticing that some other overflows (some of them public,
some of them not) have been fixed in previous updates, by limiting user
input (commands) to 1200 bytes. Customers should upgrade to the latest
version as soon as possible. Seriously.
Latest updates can be downloaded from:
Or you can visit: http://www.notes.net/
This advisory is also available at http://www.safermag.com/advisories/
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