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There's been a justifiable bit of a hullabaloo about security and IBM Domino (nee Lotus Domino).

The biggest point lately concerning Domino's shameful lack of general support for modern Web security has hinged around Domino's support for only the
SHA1 hash. What's sad about this is that "The first signs of weaknesses in SHA1 appeared (almost) ten years ago. - Qualys Blog". Ten years ago... back when IBM gave the appearance of caring about Domino's future.

Now Google has announced (bolding is mine):

The use of SHA-1 within TLS certificates is no longer sufficiently secure. This is an intent to phase them out (in 2-3 years). In order to make such a phase-out execute smoothly, rather than be an Internet flag day, we will be degrading the experience when these certificates are used in the wild.

Google's full proposal, "Intent to Deprecate: SHA-1 certificates"

ZDnet discussion, "Google accelerates end of SHA-1 support; certificate authorities nervous"

This apparently means that in Google Chrome, your "secure" Domino websites will get a user interface indicator that there's something wrong, or not up to snuff with your site.

Just to remind you, as of 09/11/2014, here's IBM's official stance on SHA2 support:
click to see on IBM's site

When trying to import the root CA, with a key length of 4096 and SHA-256, the following error appears:

"Certificate signature does not match contents."

Is it possible to use a CA with a key length of 4096 and SHA-256 with Domino 8.x or 9.0.x?

Resolving the problem

No, Domino does not support SHA-2; only MD5, SHA-1, and DSA are currently supported. SPR # ABAI7SASE6 (APAR LO48388) has been submitted to Quality Engineering to request support for SHA-2 in future releases.

IMPORTANT: This SHA1 discussion is only a small piece of this issue.
Traditionally, Lotus, then IBM has been a good steward and added new features and security to Domino as things evolved. Before v4.6, Domino didn't even have a web server (actually, it was called the Notes server before v4.6), and SMTP was originally a separate piece that hooked into the Notes server. LDAP, POP3, XML, RSS, etc... all were added and melded into the product over time. We need TLS 1.2+, DKIM, DMARC, etc.

Very simply and clearly, it's time for IBM to continue this process and add full TLS 1.3 support for all Domino services (HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, LDAP, IMAP, etc) on all platforms.

Otherwise, better hope Rose has some room on the plank for you.

Titantic hitting the iceberg

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Craig Wiseman September 11th, 2014 11:25:15 AM

I posted about this here in 2011. Other good folks have been posting about this as well, here, here, here, here, etc.

Simply put, Domino needs proper, modern TLS 1.3 support across all protocols, including SMTP, LDAP, HTTP, POP, IMAP, etc.
What kind of shocks me is that there's any discussion about making this happen. If I had a product in this situation, the only meetings I'd be having is about WHEN the enhancements will be finished.

IBM is all about security, except... when it isn't?

and, please... let's not hear anyone at IBM say, "We've not head that our customers want this."

What can be done?
+ Call in to IBM support and get them to create a PMR and add it to
Apparently "APAR LO67453 SPR #YDEN8RNH22 for Enhancement " has disappeared.

+ Comment here at what used to be Notes.net:

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Craig Wiseman August 25th, 2014 11:51:58 AM

Here's a subtle thing for IT folks. This check box was added in the very latest Java release.
See anything useful about it?

Java Control Panel

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Craig Wiseman August 21st, 2014 05:13:14 PM

I've been sending versions of this email out for years and years (I had to update it when the term "phishing" came along), so I thought I'd put it up here as well.

Don't let the bad guys get you: How to Prevent Email Worms, Viruses, and Trojans

We have the best anti-spam and Anti-virus software. We have great firewalls, encrypted VPNs, secure servers... but it's not enough to save us from every "Day 0 Attack"*. An email worm*/virus*/trojan* can go worldwide in just minutes or even seconds, but it can take hours for antivirus vendors to analyze, create, and upload signature updates. It takes a bit longer for us to download and deploy them to our servers and PCs. Happily, there are some easy things we can all do to help limit that window of vulnerability and help keep the bad guys out of our systems.

#1: Understand
- Knowing what an attachment really is and what it can do is the first step. Any executable* file attached to an email has the potential to be infected, and to infect your PC in turn. This covers a wide range of file types - basically it means any file that can be attached to an email.

#1b: Understand
- Know what kind of emails to expect from what senders. For example - UPS, LinkedIn, Amazon.com, and the Better Business Bureau do not send unsolicited emails with ZIP files attached (or any attachments for that matter). If you receive an email from an entity with an attachment you were not expecting - be very suspicious of it.

#2: Purpose
- We shouldn't open ANY attachment unless they were specifically requested or expected. Email viruses/worms are sent to email addresses found on infected users' PCs, so just knowing the sender does not protect you - they may be infected. Actually, the most likely person to send you an infected email is someone you know, and they most likely won't even know they are infected and that emails are going out in their name. To make things more complicated, viri & worms today falsify (spoof) the FROM email address, so the message may not even be from it appears to be from. If if you have any question or doubt, see #3.

#3: Is it REQUIRED?
- Probably the simplest, but most ignored idea: You don't need to click that greeting card link or open that "kardashian_pics.zip" at work. So, DON'T.

#4: Get Secure
- Most viri/worms are written to take advantage of problems with in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. Since we use Lotus Notes, we are somewhat protected in that area. However, take the time daily to make sure your antivirus client is up-to-date. Symantec issues new signatures pretty much daily, so check your antivirus and make sure it shows a date from the last few days.

#5: Patch your PC
- Microsoft releases updates frequently and we push them out to our PCs. However, in order to not interfere with your work, we allow you to choose when to install them. When you are notified of new updates, please take the time to install them on the day you're notified of new one


* Wikipeida says:

Day 0 Attack
: A zero-day (or zero-hour or day zero) attack or threat is a computer threat that tries to exploit computer application vulnerabilities that are unknown to others or undisclosed to the software developer. Zero-day exploits (actual code that can use a security hole to carry out an attack) are used or shared by attackers before the software developer knows about the vulnerability.

The term derives from the age of the exploit. When a developer becomes aware of a security hole, there is a race to close it before attackers discover it or the vulnerability becomes public. A "zero day" attack occurs on or before the first or "zeroth" day of developer awareness, meaning the developer has not had any opportunity to distribute a security fix to users of the software. (

: A computer worm is a self-replicating malware computer program. It uses a computer network to send copies of itself to other nodes (computers on the network) and it may do so without any user intervention. This is due to security shortcomings on the target computer. Unlike a virus, it does not need to attach itself to an existing program. Worms almost always cause at least some harm to the network, if only by consuming bandwidth, whereas viruses almost always corrupt or modify files on a targeted computer. (

: The act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to deceive users, and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies. Attempts to deal with the growing number of reported phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures. (

Computer Virus
: A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself[1] and infect a computer. The term "virus" is also commonly but erroneously used to refer to other types of malware, including but not limited to adware and spyware programs that do not have the reproductive ability. A true virus can spread from one computer to another (in some form of executable code) when its host is taken to the target computer; for instance because a user sent it over a network or the Internet, or carried it on a removable medium such as a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB drive. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_virus)

Trojan Horse
: A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install but instead facilitates unauthorized access of the user's computer system. "It is a harmful piece of software that looks legitimate. Users are typically tricked into loading and executing it on their systems", as Cisco describes. The term is derived from the Trojan Horse story in Greek mythology. (

: In computing, an executable file causes a computer "to perform indicated tasks according to encoded instructions,"as opposed to a data file that must be parsed by a program to be meaningful. These instructions are traditionally machine code instructions for a physical CPU. However, in a more general sense, a file containing instructions (such as bytecode) for a software interpreter may also be considered executable; even a scripting language source file may therefore be considered executable in this sense. (

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Craig Wiseman November 28th, 2012 09:28:43 AM

This just needs to be here.

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Craig Wiseman December 16th, 2011 08:09:17 AM

A simple, uncomplicated campaign we can rally behind. And it's not the first time we've had a puppet as President.

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Craig Wiseman December 14th, 2011 08:26:40 AM

If you're mad at Carrier IQ, then you are doing exactly what the carriers want you to.

The surprising thing is that the ire has been directed at Carrier IQ themselves. Why? If someone runs you over in their car, you don't write a stern letter to Ford. Carrier IQ made and sold an invasive piece of software, certainly. But they didn't install it on your phone. Sprint [and AT&T] did. Full Story

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Craig Wiseman December 4th, 2011 09:17:05 AM

So, we've waited for years for IBM to update Domino's SSL/TLS implementation. There have been other ideas on this expressed.

Now, it seems that the
implementation is vulnerable... and since we don't have current TLS options, we have no native Domino solution. It realllly looks like neglect, but perhaps there's a better expression.

John James has something useful to say about the SSL/TLS vulnerability

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Craig Wiseman September 21st, 2011 11:46:25 AM

For you folks in Irene's path, I certainly "feel your pain". Yep, that lil red dot was me in 2008 when Gustav hit. In the northeastern quadrant of the storm (always the worst part of the storm).
I was a bit further away from Ike (2008), Katrina, and Rita( 2005), so all we got then was heavy rain & moderate winds.

The best thing to do in a hurricane is NOT be in its path. You can always rebuild a building, but people ... not so much. That's one reason I like hurricanes better than earthquakes, tornados, etc. You can see them and get the $*$)# away. I urge you to do so. Follow Monty Python's advice and
run away.

Hurricane Gustav, 2008

Image:Be careful, folks in Irene’s path. Better than careful - run away.

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Craig Wiseman August 26th, 2011 11:33:46 AM

From AndroidCentral.com:

A video walkthrough of the unholy marriage of BlackBerry and Android
BlackBerry fans everywhere were astonished Thursday when an early version of the Android Player for the PlayBook leaked out and their little tablets suddenly became usable. Usable as in once you've got Android running on the PlayBook, you suddenly have an e-mail app. Craziness!

Pretty cool stuff, especially since it's running Android 2.3.3, and there's a good chance your phone doesn't even that yet. Glad we could help you out there, RIM.

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Craig Wiseman July 22nd, 2011 04:56:07 PM

Image:Create your own caption

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Craig Wiseman July 22nd, 2011 08:24:49 AM

Will Work For Ride To Space

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Craig Wiseman July 15th, 2011 08:12:53 AM

This is a simple little tip, but since it's a new(erish) thing, I thought I'd post on it.

I have two emails I want to have open at the same time so I can compare or work with them.

Find the first email in whatever folder it might be, and right click on it.

Choose "Open in New Window"

Image:Lotus Notes 8.5: How to open two emails at the same time

Find the second email in whatever folder it might be, and right click on it.

Choose "Open in New Window"
Image:Lotus Notes 8.5: How to open two emails at the same time

You now have each email opened in it's own window. Feel free to arrange them any way you choose:

Image:Lotus Notes 8.5: How to open two emails at the same time

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Craig Wiseman May 6th, 2011 01:49:15 PM

Google translate (http://translate.google.com ) is pretty spiffy, and they have added the ability to translate from English to/from Latin.

Do you see something fishy in their translation?

Image:Maybe Google’s a little evil?

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Craig Wiseman April 5th, 2011 08:59:47 AM

Seems like a topical thing to vote on.

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Craig Wiseman February 11th, 2011 11:07:24 AM

What? You thought "insane" only applied to the greatness of their products?

(Reuters) -...In line with its infamous philosophy of maintaining absolute control over its products, sources said U.S. Apple stores are replacing screws on iPhone 4s brought for servicing with tamper-proof screws to prevent anyone else from opening the device.

Kyle Wiens, chief executive of iFixit, a prominent Apple repair and parts supplier, said the purpose of the new screws is to keep people out of the iPhone and prevent them from replacing the battery. He said he noticed in November that screws were being switched.
The rest of the story

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Craig Wiseman January 22nd, 2011 08:14:34 AM

It's kinda always fun to see who gets it right(erish).

Detailing the expected hardware changes for the iPad and iPhone
The latest batch of rumors about the hardware architecture of Apple's next-generation devices is coming fast and furious. So far, they suggest that Apple is moving to Qualcomm baseband radios, beefing up the GPU with the latest designs from Imagination Technologies, doubling the CPU cores, and giving the iPad the higher-resolution display it so richly deserves.

There's a lot to take in, so we decided to take a look at these rumors with an eye on what we expect to see announced this year.
The Rest of the Story

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Craig Wiseman January 17th, 2011 03:34:12 PM

I've been thinking (and praying) a lot lately about (and for) the folks in Tuscon. And then the blame game that ensued, well, that's made me almost as sick as the actual event. Beyond Tuscon, there's been a lot of other violence and tragedy and more tragedy happening.

Take a couple of minutes and watch this NASA video. It's worth it. What we say about each other, and how we treat each other one-on-one, on the interwebs, and everywhere is important. What we say has impact. What we do has impact. I'll steal a quote: Treat each day as if it were on purpose.

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Craig Wiseman January 15th, 2011 08:11:22 PM

Ever been pouring creamer into your coffee and think to yourself, "Wonder if this would burn?". Perhaps not. But here's what happens when you take 500 pounds of coffee creamer + oxygen + flame and see what happens. I saw the whole episode the other day and just laughed. Mythbusters just plays on that part of me that never grew up.

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Craig Wiseman January 15th, 2011 03:00:53 PM
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