I am not certain of the need to send the memo internally.
There is a mail distribution option that allows the user to indicate that
recipient is a notes user, thus packaging the email in 'Notes Rich Text'
format. I have successfully sent and accepted meeting invitations this
way, as well as verified that commonly shared custom 'letterheads'
would also follow, which means that at least some of the other fields
(as well as the ones needed to route the email) also get packaged-in.

Also, having or creating a 'dev' ID is hardly a problem.  One needs
only to be running one's own site to be free of creating any ID one wishes.
At first hand, and especially without having crafted an exploit to test
this, I would be one to be concerned about this possibility.
Would love more info.


Derek Reynolds <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> le 02/09/2001 11:31:58 PM

Veuillez répondre à Derek Reynolds <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Objet :   Re: Lotus Notes Stored Form Vulnerability

Yeah I can confirm this works.   I tested this awhile ago.  Used the
postopen event and utilized LotusScripts ability to access open APIs.
I successfully was able to remotely reboot a users computer, remove their
task bar among other things.

You could litterly copy/paste the mellisa virus code into the postopen
even and it would act the same way the virus did with
Outlook/Exchange since the development environment is mimicked after

Again, this would have to be crafted by someone with a developer ID
and the memo would have to be sent internally.  Not near as big a threat.

Best regards,
 Derek                            mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]

Friday, February 09, 2001, 11:13:29 AM, you wrote:


CJ>   Security Advisory:    Lotus Notes Stored Form Vulnerability
CJ>   Date:                         8th February 2001
CJ>   Author:               Chris Jones (aka dp) [EMAIL PROTECTED]
CJ>   Versions Affected:    At present only Lotus Notes v4.6 has been

CJ> ----[ Exploit Introduction ] ------------------------------------------
CJ> Due to the design flaws of Lotus Notes databases, a user with
knowledge can craft a Lotus Notes Email in such a way that the recipient
has to open the email or view the email
CJ> using the preview panes to become infected or to run the arbitrary

CJ> The problem lies in Lotus Notes ability to allow developers to create
that do not rely on a specific template in a database (like normal emails)
instead uses its own in built templates
CJ> that travel within the document. Using these methods an experienced
Notes developer could create an email enabled worm specifically for Lotus
networks. Which could do anything from
CJ> delete a few files to granting ACL rights to the persons mail box (so
emails could be viewed) to retrieving the users cached passwords or similar
information. Another key point that allows
CJ> this exploit to occur is that the design of the mailbox database has by
default been allowed to accept stored forms.

CJ> ----[ Exploit Generation ]
CJ> To generate the email a malicious user will need to modify the default
'memo' form's design - which does require a developer's edition of Lotus
Notes. The malicious user then has to modify the
CJ> forms' properties so the 'Store form in Document' action is checked.
malicious user then has a choice he could insert code into the forms
event, which requires Lotus Script
CJ> programming knowledge or he can go the easy method and modify the forms
'Launch' properties which allows you to launch the first document
when opened which could be absolutely anything.

CJ> ----[ Quick Fix ]
CJ> There is a very quick and very easy method of disabling this feature
that is to modify the mailbox database properties so that the 'Allow stored
forms' is unchecked. This will stop any forms
CJ> of this attack.

CJ> ----[ Platforms Tested ]
CJ> We tested this exploit out using Lotus Notes version 4.6 but any
version of
Lotus Notes 4 should be affected, as I am sure lower and higher versions
be as well. In our experiment I was able
CJ> to gain manager access to someone else's Email Box using 4 Lines of
Script code.

CJ> ----[ Other Notes ]
CJ> Using Lotus Script you can even change the source address of the email
fool the user into believing that the infected email came from a trusted
You could even go so far as to code the
CJ> email so it looks at the target's mailbox and creates a duplicate
of his most recent email, so it looks as some other user has sent him two
of the same email.

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