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Flaw in how Outlook 2002 handles V1 Exchange Server: Jan 22

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by eddie5659, Jan 23, 2003.

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  1. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

    Mar 19, 2001

    Microsoft Outlook 2002 provides the facility to encrypt e-mails
    sent between e-mail recipients. Encryption is used to prevent
    parties other than the intended recipients from reading the
    contents of an e-mail. Outlook uses public key certificates to
    facilitate the exchange of the cryptographic keys that are used in
    the encryption process, and Outlook offers a number of different
    options as to what type of certificates can be used. S/MIME
    certificates are the most commonly used (and are not affected by
    the vulnerability that is the subject of this bulletin), but there
    are other certificate options including V1 Exchange Server Security

    A vulnerability exists because there is a flaw in the way Outlook
    2002 handles a V1 Exchange Server Security certificate when using
    it to encrypt e-mail. As a result of this flaw, Outlook fails to
    encrypt the mail correctly and the message will be sent in plain
    text. This could cause the information in the e-mail to be exposed
    when the user believed it to be protected through encryption.

    Mitigating Factors:
    - -This vulnerability only affects encryption when a V1 Exchange
    Server Security certificate is used. S/MIME encryption, which is
    the most widely used form of e-mail encryption used by Outlook, is
    not affected.

    - -This vulnerability only affects Outlook 2002 and only when sending
    HTML e-mail.

    Maximum Severity Rating: Moderate

    Affected Software:

    Microsoft Outlook 2002

    Download locations for this patch

    Microsoft Outlook 2002:


    (administrative update only)




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