Advisory Details

August 22nd, 2012

IBM Lotus Notes URL Command Injection Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-12-154
ZDI-CAN-1343

CVE ID CVE-2012-2174
CVSS SCORE 7.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS IBM
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Lotus Notes
TREND MICRO CUSTOMER PROTECTION Trend Micro TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11839. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of IBM Lotus Notes. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within notes.exe. When handling URLs, it is possible to inject the -RPARAMS command line argument into the call to notes.exe, which will then launch rcplauncher.exe. Including the java -vm command will allow for the attacker to execute code under the context of the process.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS IBM has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
http://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21598348
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2011-12-22 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2012-08-22 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Moritz Jodeit
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