Lotus Domino R5 Server Family contains multiple vulnerabilities in LDAP handling code

ID VU:583184
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2003-04-17T00:00:00



The Lotus Domino R5 Server Family contains vulnerabilities that may allow denial-of-service attacks, unauthorized privileged access, or both. These vulnerabilities were revealed using the PROTOS LDAPv3 test suite and are documented in CERT Advisory CA-2001-18. If your site uses this product, the CERT/CC encourages you to follow the advice provided below.


The Lotus Domino R5 Server Family (including the Enterprise, Application, and Mail servers) contains multiple vulnerabilities in the code that processes LDAP requests.

In the encoding section of the test suite, this product failed 1 of 77 groups. The failed group tests a server's response to miscellaneous packets with semi-valid BER encodings.

In the application section of the test suite, this product failed 23 of 77 groups. These results suggest that both buffer overflow and format string vulnerabilities are likely to be present in a variety of application components.


One or more of these vulnerabilities allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Domino server. The server typically runs with system privileges. At least one of these vulnerabilities has been successfully exploited in a laboratory environment.


Apply a patch from your vendor

Please consult the Systems Affected section for vendor-specific information on addressing this vulnerability.

Block access to directory services at network perimeter

As a temporary measure, it is possible to limit the scope of these vulnerabilities by blocking access to directory services at the network perimeter. Please note that this workaround does not protect vulnerable products from internal attacks.

ldap 389/tcp # Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
ldap 389/udp # Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
ldaps 636/tcp # ldap protocol over TLS/SSL (was sldap)
ldaps 636/udp # ldap protocol over TLS/SSL (was sldap)

Systems Affected

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Lotus Software| | 06 Apr 2001| 26 Mar 2003
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A


  • <http://www.ee.oulu.fi/research/ouspg/protos/testing/c06/ldapv3/>
  • http://www.notes.net/r5fixlist.nsf/Search!SearchView&Query=DWUU4W6NC8
  • <http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/3041>
  • <http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/3042>
  • <http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2001-1311>
  • <http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2001-1312>
  • <http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2001-1313>
  • <http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/bulletins/l-116.shtml>
  • <http://xforce.iss.net/static/6895.php>
  • <http://xforce.iss.net/static/6896.php>
  • <http://www.rapid7.com/advisories/R7-0012.html>
  • <http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2003-11.html>


The CERT Coordination Center thanks the Oulu University Secure Programming Group for reporting these vulnerabilities to us, for their detailed technical analyses, and for their assistance in preparing this document.

This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2001-1311
  • CERT Advisory: CA-2001-18
  • Date Public: 16 Jul 2001
  • Date First Published: 16 Jul 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 17 Apr 2003
  • Severity Metric: 41.90
  • Document Revision: 43