Vulnerability Note VU#542873

Lotus iNotes vulnerable to buffer overflow via PresetFields s_ViewName field

Original Release date: 19 Feb 2003 | Last revised: 26 Mar 2003


Lotus iNotes contains a buffer overflow that could permit a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service on a vulnerable server.


Lotus iNotes Web Access is a web-based database application that provides "access to corporate messaging services and personal information through a Web browser." NGSSoftware has researched and reported a buffer overflow vulnerability in iNotes that can be triggered via a specially crafted s_ViewName value of the PresetFields parameter. For further information, see NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory #NISR17022003b.

Lotus is tracking this issue as SPR# KSPR5HUPEK. Further information is available in IBM Technote 1104542.


A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Domino server process or cause a denial of service.


This issue is resolved in Notes/Domino 6.0.1 and 5.0.12.

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Until upgrades can be performed, consider disabling iNotes.

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VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Lotus Software Affected17 Jan 200317 Mar 2003
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This vulnerability was reported by Mark Litchfield of NGSSoftware.

This document was written by Art Manion.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • CERT Advisory: CA-2003-11
  • Date Public: 17 Feb 2003
  • Date First Published: 19 Feb 2003
  • Date Last Updated: 26 Mar 2003
  • Severity Metric: 18.51
  • Document Revision: 27


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