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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Security Bulletin: IBM Notes InstallShield vulnerable to DLL
6 June 2016
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM Notes
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Increased Privileges -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2016-2542
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Security Bulletin: IBM Notes InstallShield vulnerable to DLL planting
More support for:
8.5, 8.5.1, 8.5.2, 8.5.3, 9.0, 9.0.1
IBM Notes uses InstallShield which generates install executables that are
vulnerable to a DLL-planting vulnerability.
Flexera InstallShield could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary
code on the system. The application does not directly specify the fully
qualified path to a dynamic-linked library (schannel.dll) when running on
Microsoft Windows. By persuading a victim to open a specially-crafted file
from a WebDAV or SMB share using a vulnerable application, a remote attacker
could exploit this vulnerability via a specially-crafted library to execute
arbitrary code on the system.
CVSS Base Score: 7.8
CVSS Temporal Score: See
for the current score
CVSS Environmental Score*: Undefined
CVSS Vector: (CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)
Affected Products and Versions
This vulnerability affects installers of following versions of IBM Notes
- - IBM Notes 9.0.1
- - IBM Notes 9.0
- - IBM Notes 8.5.3
- - IBM Notes 8.5.2
- - IBM Notes 8.5.1
- - IBM Notes 8.5
This vulnerability does not affect Fix Pack or Interim Fix installers.
This vulnerability does not affect installed versions of IBM Notes.
Prepare scripts based on following samples and use these scripts to launch
insallers of affected IBM Notes versions.
Use this script to launch Notes Web Kit installer
Use this script to launch Notes standard kit instaler from a network share
Use this script to launch Notes/ICAA Standard kit installer
Workarounds and Mitigations
Before the install begins, copy the two library files mapistub.dll and
mapi32.dll from the system directory to the installer's directory. This will
ensure the library files will be loaded correctly.
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*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will
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