Microsoft Exchange Server Calendar Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ID SMNTC-17908
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2006-05-09T00:00:00



Microsoft Exchange Server is prone to a vulnerability that may let attackers execute code remotely. This issue is exposed when the server handles emails that contain malicious calendar data that is included in meeting requests. If the issue is successfully exploited, this could completely compromise the computer hosting the mail server.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2000
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 SP1
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 SP2
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 SP2


Disallow anonymous access to services. Permit access for trusted individuals only.
If appropriate for the organization, require authentication for email clients. While this will eliminate the risk of anonymous attacks, the server will still be vulnerable to attacks by authenticated users.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploitation attempts or activity that results from successful exploitation.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Memory-protection schemes such as non-executable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments may complicate exploitation of various code-execution vulnerabilities.

Microsoft has released a security bulletin to address supported versions of Microsoft Exchange Server.