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IBM Lotus Domino 7 tunekrnl Multiple Vulnerabilities



IBM Lotus Domino is a software suite designed to facilitate collaboration between co-workers. More information can be found at http://www.ibm.com/domino/.


Local exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in IBM's Lotus Domino could allow an attacker to elevate privileges to root.

The 'tunekrnl' binary is used to set Linux/proc sysctl settings, allowing Domino to increase the resource limits of the running kernel. It is shipped with the owner set to root and the set-user-id bit on. Since the length of input is improperly validated when copying to fixed-size buffers, buffer overflow can occur.


Exploitation could allow local attackers to elevate their privileges to that of the 'root' account. On most modern systems, this means that attackers would gain complete control over the target system.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version of IBM's Lotus Domino for Linux. Earlier versions may also be vulnerable.


To prevent exploitation, rename or delete the /etc/SuSE-release or /etc/redhat-release file. The 'tunekrnl' binary's vulnerable code is not executed if this file does not exist. Also, removing the set-user-id bit from the 'tunekrnl' binary prevents privilege escalation. However, this may require running the utility as root manually to increase system resource limits as needed.


IBM Lotus has addressed this problem within Domino versions 6.5.5 FP2 and 7.0.2. More information is available in IBM Technote #1249173 at http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=475&uid=swg21249173.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


08/15/2006 Initial vendor notification
08/15/2006 Initial vendor response
11/08/2006 Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Andrew Christensen of FortConsult ApS.

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