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Domino 9.0.1 FP3 IF3 is about to ship

Daniel Nashed  29 March 2015 12:33:52

Updated post:

IF2/IF3 already shipped. There is also a Wiki articile describing the changes.

The Fixlist for IF2/IF3 is confusing but it looks like the Wiki article explains it.


The fixes have the release date of 27.3. the client fixes are labled "IF3", the server fixes are labled "IF2".

Here is what the fixlist says and see my comments in-line.
You should also read the Wiki entry which will hopefully also have the settings for the PFS ciphers soon.

Update: Also check for additional information in the new Wiki article -->

I have installed 9.0.1 FP2 IF2 on my production Linux Server.

And I can confirm that TLS 1.2 is implemented in this version and it looks like just the fixlist is confusing.

The fixes listed in the fixlist section "IF3" are included in server fixes labled "IF2". The right client release is "IF3" in contrast.

Without any additional settings this brings you to TLS 1.2 support with the following ciphers which brings Domino to a "A-" rating.

TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (0x9d)
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (0x9c)
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256 (0x3d)
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA    (0x35)
TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 (0x3c)

TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA    (0x2f)

The "A-" is because of missing PFS support for reference browsers.

As mentioned in the wiki article and also in the fixlist IBM also implemented some PFS ciphers.

"Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) via Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman (DHE)"

But those ciphers are disabled by default because they have higher overhead on the server and client side.
I will have a separate post for the PFS cipher support as soon official information is available.

Here is the commented SPR list

9.0.1 Fix Pack 3 Interim Fix 2 SPR #PSIH9SSAHC

-- PNG Vulnerability --

libpng is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking by the png_combine_row function when decompressing the IDAT_data.
A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using a "very wide interlaced" PNG image to overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause a denial of service.

You should wait for IF3 planned to be released very soon. The SPR list for the fix is already public and the IF will contain a couple of important fixes and new TLS 1.2 support including new ciphers.

Enclosed you find the current list. The information about how to enable those new ciphers are not yet released. I post information about those new settings and will comment on them as soon they are released.

IF3 will contain a couple of pending fixes for other issues. For example the fix for the Google Calendar Feed in the Standard Notes Client which broke because of the change on the Goodle side.

Here is a commented fix list for IF2/IF3:

-- 9.0.1 Fix Pack 3 Interim Fix 3 --


Add pinning to SHA-256 for TLS 1.2        


TLS 1.2 Notes / Domino as a TLS client rejects handshake with server if no common signature algorithm available        


TLS 1.2 Client handshake request rejected by Server if server certificate chain signature type not supported by the client        

--> There have been issues specially with TLS SMTP Connections. Those two fixes help to connect even in those cases.


Remove RC4-SHA from the default cipher list for TLS 1.2        

--> RC4-MD5 have already been removed before. Now also the SHA based version is rated as weak on the Domino side and disabled by default


Implement HSTS (Http Strict Transport Security).This header informs supported browsers that the site should only be accessed over an SSL-protected connection (HTTPS)        

--> On a server that only allows authenticated connections I would only enable the SSL port and disable port 80 in general.
We have to wait for the full documentation to see in which condition the header is automatically set.
It should be automatically send when only HTTPS is enabled.


Add IP Information to HTTP Thread logs for SSL Handshake connections        


Passing a directory to kyrtool will crash the tool        


kyrtool import all sometimes reports "SECIssUpdateKeyringPrivateKey returned error 0x0720", "AVA separator not found" or "Syntax error in OID" when a '/' is in a certificate name part        

--> there have been a couple cases where certificates could not be parsed correctly. This fix should solve those issues.


Add more detailed logging for SSL/TLS connections to help diagnose failed connections        

--> More detailed information is important for figuring out what is going wrong in some cases.


New notes.ini SSL_DISABLE_TLS_10 to support Disabling TLS1.0 for compliance reasons. Used in conjunction with existing DISABLE_SSLV3=1 allows you to limit communication to TLS 1.2 only for protocols: HTTP, SMTP, LDAP, POP3 & IMAP        

--> For now I would disable SSLv3 only and keep TLS 1.0 enabled unless you are working in an controlled environment like an intranet and you know exactly that all clients support TLS 1.2.


Added SHA-256 cipher specs for increased security with TLS 1.2        


Added Advanced Encrption Standard (AES) Galois/Counter Mode for increased security with TLS 1.2        

--> New AES GCM ciphers. I will post details how to enable them as soon the exact implemented ciphers have been documented.

There will be documentation which ciphers are enabled by default and how to enable other ciphers.


Added Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) via Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman (DHE) cipher specs for SSL/TLS        

--> New DHE ciphers which introduce PFS -- Perfect Forward Secrecy. I will post details how to enable them as soon the exact implemented ciphers have been documented.

There will be documentation which ciphers are enabled by default and how to enable other ciphers.

PFS is an important addition to allow more secure connections. This ensures that traffic cannot be recorded and decrypted later when the private key of one side gets compromised.


Notes / Domino Support for TLS 1.2 (Transport Layer Security 1.2) with protocols: HTTP, SMTP, LDAP, POP3 & IMAP        

--> Support for TLS 1.2!!! That was announced at ConnectED to be available in Q1. Thanks to IBM and the team working on it.


Administrator Client Shows Wrong File Sizes of database with DAOS size>0 After Server Restart        


Getting Error When Using Google calendar Feeds         - Standard Client Only

--> Important client side fix for Google Calender integration which broke because of changes on the Google side


[WINDOWS ONLY] - Additional Time Zone For Salvador & Buenos Aires Shows Incorrect Time - Standard Client Only



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