IBM Lotus Notes Client TagAttributeListCopy Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 10.23.07
Oct 23, 2007
IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes software is an integrated desktop client option
for accessing e-mail, calendars and applications on an IBM Corp. Lotus
Domino server. More information can be found by visiting the URL below.
Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in IBM Corp.'s
Lotus Notes mail user agent could allow attackers to execute arbitrary
code in the context of the current user.
When a Lotus Notes user receives an HTML email, the HTML is converted to
a format resembling RTF (Rich Text Format). When messages are replied
to, forwarded or copied to the clipboard, the e-mail format is
The buffer overflow is the result of a call to "Cstrcpy" when copying an
attacker supplied variable length string into a fixed-sized stack
buffer. The overflow occurs at the "Cstrcpy" call inside the
"TagAttributeListCopy" function in nnotes.dll.
Exploitation allows attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context
of the recipient of the message. In order to be successful, an attacker
must social engineer the victim into processing a specially crafted
message in a certain way. Specifically, the victim must either forward,
reply with history, or copy the message to the clipboard in order to
trigger the vulnerability.
Additionally, non-printable ASCII characters are converted to the LMBCS
(Lotus MultiByte Character Set) before the overflow occurs. This
complicates, but does not prevent, exploitation.
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version 7.0.2
of IBM Corp.'s Lotus Notes. Additionally, versions 6.5.1, 6.5.3 and
7.0.1 were reported to be vulnerable. Other versions are suspected to
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
IBM Lotus has addressed this vulnerability within versions 7.0.3 and 8.0
of Lotus Notes. For more information, visit the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-4222 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
02/07/2007 Initial vendor notification
02/07/2007 Initial vendor response
10/23/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by UVInc.
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