IBM Lotus Notes cross-site scripting

ibm-notes-cve20130538-xss (83270) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


IBM Lotus Notes is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, caused by improper validation of user-supplied input related to Java applet and JavaScript tags inside HTML emails. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute script in a victim's Web browser within the security context of the hosting Web site, once the URL is clicked. An attacker could use this vulnerability to steal the victim's cookie-based authentication credentials.


Base Score: 4.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: None
  Integrity Impact: Partial
  Availability Impact: None
Temporal Score: 3.7
  Exploitability: High
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Cross-Site Scripting


Refer to appropriate IBM Security Bulletin for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.


  • IBM Security Bulletin 1633819: IBM Notes accepts Java applet and JavaScript tags inside HTML emails (CVE-2013-0127, CVE-2013-0538).
  • IBM Security Bulletin 1636024: Interim Fix 1 for IBM Notes 8.5.3 Fix Pack 4 (
  • BID-59589: IBM Lotus Notes CVE-2013-0538 Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2013-0538: Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in IBM Lotus Notes 8.x before 8.5.3 FP4 Interim Fix 1 and 9.0 before Interim Fix 1 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a SCRIPT element in an HTML e-mail message, aka SPRs JMOY95BLM6 and JMOY95BN49.
  • SA53267: IBM Lotus Notes Script Insertion Vulnerability
  • SA53274: IBM Notes Script Insertion Vulnerability
  • US-CERT VU#912420: IBM Notes runs arbitrary JAVA and Javascript in emails

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM Lotus Notes 8.0
  • IBM Lotus Notes 8.0.1
  • IBM Lotus Notes 8.0.2
  • IBM Lotus Notes 8.5
  • IBM Lotus Notes 8.5.1
  • IBM Lotus Notes


May 01, 2013

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