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25 August 1999

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                ESB-1999.121 -- ISS X-Force Security Advisory
       Denial of Service Attack against Lotus Notes Domino Server 4.6
                              26 August 1999

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ISS X-Force has released the following advisory concerning a vulnerability
in the Notes LDAP Service (NLDAP) where an ldap_search request with a
large amount of data can cause a PANIC in the Domino Server.  This
vulnerability may allow remote users to stop all Domino services running
on the affected server.

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ISS Security Advisory
August 23, 1999

Denial of Service Attack against Lotus Notes Domino Server 4.6

Synopsis:

Lotus Domino Server is an integrated messaging and web application
server. An attacker can crash the Lotus Notes Domino server and stop
e-mail and other services that Domino provides for an organization.

Description:

There is an overflow problem in the Notes LDAP Service (NLDAP); the
service that handles the LDAP protocol. This overflow is related to the
way that NLDAP handles the ldap_search request. By sending a large amount of
data to the parameter in the ldap_search request, an attacker can cause a
PANIC in the Domino Server. This will allow an attacker to stop all Domino
services running on the affected machine.

Affected Versions: Lotus Notes Domino server 4.6.

Recommended Action: Upgrade to Maintenance release 4.6.6 or 5.0.

Additional Information:

Information in this advisory was obtained by the research of Caleb Sima
<csima@iss.net> of the ISS X-Force. ISS X-Force would like to thank Lotus
Development Corporation for their response and handling of this
vulnerability.

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Copyright (c) 1999 by Internet Security Systems, Inc.

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