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Security Bulletin: IBM Lotus Quickr 8.2 for Domino ActiveX control buffer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2012-2176)

Technote (troubleshooting)


A security vulnerability exists in the Lotus Quickr for Domino ActiveX control shipped by Lotus Quickr for Domino. This vulnerability could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on installations of Lotus Quickr for Domino when the control is invoked as ActiveX by Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Resolving the problem


CVE IDs: CVE-2012-2176

DESCRIPTION: It is possible for an attacker to compromise the ActiveX control used within Lotus Quickr for Domino to remotely execute arbitrary code by instantiating this control from Microsoft Internet Explorer. For a remote attacker to exploit this vulnerability, the following must be accomplished:

1. The user must have Lotus Quickr for Domino installed on the machine.
Important Note:
Continuous use of Lotus Quickr for Domino is not required; the vulnerability may be exploited against the ActiveX control regardless of the use of the product.

2. Attacker needs to create malicious code that would exploit the ActiveX control. This code could be part of an attachment by means of e-mail or a Web page.

3. User must be persuaded to execute the attachment or follow a Web site link that contains the malicious code via the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser.

4. If the malicious website is running within Internet Explorer's Internet Zone, the user must typically authorize the ActiveX pop-up dialog before it could be used.

As of May 23, 2012, IBM has not received any reports of customer issues related to this security vulnerability.

Using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) v2, the security ratings for these issues are:

CVSS Base Score: 9.3
CVSS Temporal Score: See for the current score.
CVSS Environmental Score: Undefined
CVSS String: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)


Lotus Quickr 8.2 for Domino



Lotus Quickr for Domino Hot Fix contains the fix for this issue. It is available by opening a service request with IBM Support. Also, the fix will be included in all future public postings of Lotus Quickr for Domino fixes for 8.2 on IBM Fix Central.


Disable the use of the vulnerable ActiveX control within Internet Explorer.

Note: This solution contains information about modifying the Microsoft operating system registry. Before making any modifications with the Microsoft Registry Editor, it is strongly recommended that you make a backup of the existing registry. For more information about how to back up the registry refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base article 256986.

The vulnerable ActiveX control can be disabled in Internet Explorer by manually setting the kill bit. Complete the following steps to set the kill bit on the machine where Quickr for Domino is installed.

1. Start the Microsoft Windows Registry Editor (regedit).

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveXCompatibility

3. Add a new Key:

4. Select that Key and create a new DWORD value named:
Compatibility Flags

5. Set the Compatibility Flags value to:

6. Exit the Registry Editor.

7. Restart Internet Explorer.


None known. Apply the workaround.


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Related Information:

IBM Product Security Incident Response Program

This vulnerability was reported to IBM by the TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) and discovered by a third-party researcher working with ZDI.

Change History:

23 May 2012 Initial Publication

*The CVSS Environment Score is customer environment specific and will ultimately impact the Overall CVSS Score. Customers can evaluate the impact of this vulnerability in their environments by accessing the links in the Reference section of this document.

According to the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is an "industry open standard designed to convey vulnerability severity and help to determine urgency and priority of response." IBM PROVIDES THE CVSS SCORES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CUSTOMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF ANY ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL SECURITY VULNERABILITY.

Document information

More support for: Lotus End of Support Products
Lotus Quickr for Domino

Software version: 8.0

Operating system(s): AIX, IBM i, Windows

Reference #: 1596191

Modified date: 23 May 2012