Public folders are exposed although the user does not have rights to see the parent folders in an Exchange Server 2010 SP3 environment

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3Exchange Server 2010 EnterpriseExchange Server 2010 Standard

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You deploy some public folder databases in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environment that has Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed.
  • You use an application that performs a CONVENIENT_DEPTH query against public folders.
In this scenario, other tenant's subfolders are returned even though you do not have the permission to see these tenant's parent folders.

Cause


This issue occurs because the CONVENIENT_DEPTH flag can traverse the folders that you do not have permissions for. Therefore, the flag can retrieve the hierarchy table of all public folders that you have permissions to see.

Resolution


To resolve this issue, install the following update rollup:
2891587 Description of Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3

Status


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information


For more information about the CONVENIENT_DEPTH flag, go to the following Microsoft website: