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UNIRAS Brief - 92/04 - Debian Security Advisory DSA 449-1



 
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   UNIRAS (UK Govt CERT) Briefing Notice - 92/04 dated 27.02.04  Time: 15:10 
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Title
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DSA 449-1 - New metamail packages fix arbitrary code execution.

Detail
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Ulf Härnhammar discovered two format string bugs (CAN-2004-0104) and two buffer
overflow bugs (CAN-2004-0105) in metamail, an implementation of MIME.  An 
attacker could create a carefully-crafted mail message which will execute 
arbitrary code as the victim when it is opened and parsed through metamail.



            ESB-2004.0161 -- Debian Security Advisory DSA 449-1
            New metamail packages fix arbitrary code execution
                             25 February 2004


Product:                metamail
Publisher:              Debian
Operating System:       Debian GNU/Linux 3.0
                        Linux
Impact:                 Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access Required:        Remote
CVE Names:              CAN-2004-0104 CAN-2004-0105

Ref:                    ESB-2004.0134

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 449-1                     security@xxxxxxxxxx
http://www.debian.org/security/                             Martin Schulze
February 24th, 2004                     http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package        : metamail
Vulnerability  : buffer overflow, format string bugs
Problem-Type   : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID         : CAN-2004-0104 CAN-2004-0105

Ulf Härnhammar discovered two format string bugs (CAN-2004-0104) and two buffer overflow bugs (CAN-2004-0105) in metamail, an implementation of MIME.  An attacker could create a carefully-crafted mail message which will execute arbitrary code as the victim when it is opened and parsed through metamail.

We have been devoting some effort to trying to avoid shipping metamail in the future.  It became unmaintainable and these are probably not the last of the vulnerabilities.

For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in version 2.7-45woody.2.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems will be fixed in version 2.7-45.2.

We recommend that you upgrade your metamail package.


Upgrade Instructions
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wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
        will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
        will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the footer to the proper configuration.


Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
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  Source archives:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2.dsc
      Size/MD5 checksum:      613 eb8246a16fb3e6dbbd80247b53ae8153
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2.diff.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:   333224 532b053589bc1038ea55d340ab93ee6e
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7.orig.tar.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:   156656 c6967e9bc5d3c919764b02df24efca01

  Alpha architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_alpha.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   165818 92127db2f58390fdbb168c9cf2ccc2ce

  ARM architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_arm.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   153160 72b8d81c7c4a9027b508c45fd5d8b39e

  Intel IA-32 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_i386.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   150252 2f3905d2923d8ecded2df290762b3c56

  Intel IA-64 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_ia64.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   205530 8cfce92a64a7df4c9630f3214aafc9e7

  HP Precision architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_hppa.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   153204 4e49ebddf0830708fb30a6cc0bfb064b

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_m68k.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   146136 45fe19d01f7f76e394a09264bc2f57fb

  Big endian MIPS architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_mips.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   158316 1b4ad52779b866c71c06f68f1c62e195

  Little endian MIPS architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_mipsel.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   158310 97c128e30297e62459bd9d277c407b33

  PowerPC architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_powerpc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   148476 a7b070e618315e1a45690c701f532435

  IBM S/390 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_s390.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   151256 121b87823b2a3e4ead430bd4c165526e

  Sun Sparc architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metamail/metamail_2.7-45woody.2_sparc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   155234 24e5afafa0c3eb18540267e12651a337


  These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
  its next revision.

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For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main Mailing list: debian-security-announce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and http://packages.debian.org/<pkg>

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