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UNIRAS Brief - 419/05 - Gentoo Linux Security Advisory: GLSA 200505-20 - Mailutils



 
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Title
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory: GLSA 200505-20 - Mailutils

Detail
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infamous41d discovered several vulnerabilities in GNU Mailutils. imap4d
does not correctly implement formatted printing of command tags
(CAN-2005-1523), fails to validate the range sequence of the "FETCH"
command (CAN-2005-1522), and contains an integer overflow in the
"fetch_io" routine (CAN-2005-1521). mail contains a buffer overflow in
"header_get_field_name()" (CAN-2005-1520).




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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200505-20
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  Severity: High
     Title: Multiple vulnerabilities in imap4d and mail
      Date: May 27, 2005
      Bugs: #94053
        ID: 200505-20

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Synopsis
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The imap4d server and the mail utility from GNU Mailutils contain
multiple vulnerabilities, potentially allowing a remote attacker to
execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

Background
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GNU Mailutils is a collection of mail-related utilities, including an
IMAP4 server (imap4d) and a Mail User Agent (mail).

Affected packages
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     Package             /  Vulnerable  /                   Unaffected
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  1  net-mail/mailutils      < 0.6-r1                        >= 0.6-r1

Description
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infamous41d discovered several vulnerabilities in GNU Mailutils. imap4d
does not correctly implement formatted printing of command tags
(CAN-2005-1523), fails to validate the range sequence of the "FETCH"
command (CAN-2005-1522), and contains an integer overflow in the
"fetch_io" routine (CAN-2005-1521). mail contains a buffer overflow in
"header_get_field_name()" (CAN-2005-1520).

Impact
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A remote attacker can exploit the format string and integer overflow in
imap4d to execute arbitrary code as the imap4d user, which is usually
root. By sending a specially crafted email message, a remote attacker
could exploit the buffer overflow in the "mail" utility to execute
arbitrary code with the rights of the user running mail. Finally, a
remote attacker can also trigger a Denial of Service by sending a
malicious FETCH command to an affected imap4d, causing excessive
resource consumption.

Workaround
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There are no known workarounds at this time.

Resolution
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All GNU Mailutils users should upgrade to the latest available version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-mail/mailutils-0.6-r1"

References
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  [ 1 ] CAN-2005-1520
        http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-1520
  [ 2 ] CAN-2005-1521
        http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-1521
  [ 3 ] CAN-2005-1522
        http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-1522
  [ 4 ] CAN-2005-1523
        http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2005-1523
  [ 5 ] iDEFENSE 05.25.05 advisories

http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?type=vulnerabilities&showYear=2005

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200505-20.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@xxxxxxxxxx or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0



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