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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
(0day) IBM Lotus Domino Server Controller Authentication
Bypass Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
24 March 2011
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM Lotus Domino
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
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ZDI-11-110: (0day) IBM Lotus Domino Server Controller Authentication Bypass Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
March 22, 2011
- -- CVSS:
- -- Affected Vendors:
- -- Affected Products:
IBM Lotus Domino
- -- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Lotus Domino Server Controller.
Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.
The flaw exists within the remote console functionality which listens by
default on TCP port 2050. When handling A user authentication the server
uses a user supplied COOKIEFILE path to retrieve stored credentials. The
application then compares this data against the user provided username
and cookie. The path to the COOKIEFILE can be a UNC path allowing the
attacker to control both the known good credentials and the challenge
credentials. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to execute
arbitrary code under the context of the SYSTEM user.
- -- Vendor Response:
March 22, 2011 - This vulnerability is being disclosed publicly without
a patch in accordance with the ZDI 180 day deadline.
- -- Mitigations:
Setting a console password provides another level of authentication and
limits the commands available in the console.
To further mitigate this vulnerability access to 2050/tcp on hosts
running the Domino Server Controller application should be restricted to
- -- Disclosure Timeline:
2010-09-23 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2011-03-22 - Public release of advisory
- -- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* Patrik Karlsson <email@example.com>
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