Remote code execution in IMAP server in IBM Lotus Domino

Published: 2017-04-15 | Updated: 2017-04-24
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2017-1274
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
IBM Domino
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software

Vendor IBM Corporation

Security Advisory

Vendor has released the official patch on April 20, 2017.

1) Stack-based buffer overflow

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 9.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2017-1274

CWE-ID: CWE-121 - Stack-based Buffer Overflow

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error when processing mailbox names in the EXAMINE IMAP command. A remote authenticated attacker can send an EXAMINE IMAP command containing an overly long mailbox name, trigger stack-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may allow an attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

Note: this vulnerability has been exploited in the wild and was disclosed by the Shadow Brokers leak.

The list of affected products, according to software vendor:

  • IBM Domino 9.0.1 through 9.0.1 Feature Pack 8 Interim Fix 1
  • IBM Domino 9.0 through 9.0 Interim Fix 7
  • IBM Domino 8.5.3 through 8.5.3 Fix Pack 6 Interim Fix 16
  • IBM Domino 8.5.2 through 8.5.2 Fix Pack 4
  • IBM Domino 8.5.1 through 8.5.1 Fix Pack 5


The vulnerability is fixed in the following versions:

  • IBM Domino 9.0.1 Fix Pack 8 Interim Fix 2
  • IBM Domino 8.5.3 Fix Pack 6 Interim Fix 17

Vulnerable software versions

IBM Domino: 8.5.1,,,,,, 8.5.2,,,,, 8.5.3,,,,,,, 9.0.0, 9.0.1,,,,,,,,, IF1

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote authenticated user via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.