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Connectiva CLA-2003:626: mutt buffer overflow

by Nikola Strahija on April 16th, 2003 A vulnerability has been found in the IMAP code of the popular Mutt client. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to crash the client or execute arbitrary code.


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CONECTIVA LINUX SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT
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PACKAGE : mutt
SUMMARY : Buffer overflow in IMAP code
DATE : 2003-04-14 16:58:00
ID : CLA-2003:626
RELEVANT
RELEASES : 7.0, 8

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DESCRIPTION
Mutt[1] is a text-mode email client.

Core Security Technologies discovered[2] a buffer overflow
vulnerability in the mutt code that handles IMAP folders. An attacker
who is able to control an IMAP server accessed by mutt can exploit
this vulnerability to remotely crash the mutt client or to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running it.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
the name CAN-2003-0201 to this issue[3].


SOLUTION
All mutt users should upgrade.


REFERENCES
1.http://www.mutt.org
2.http://www.coresecurity.com/common/showdoc.php?idx=310&idxseccion=10
3.http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2003-0140


UPDATED PACKAGES
ftp://atualizacoes.conectiva.com.br/7.0/RPMS/mutt-1.3.17-8U70_2cl.i386.rpm
ftp://atualizacoes.conectiva.com.br/7.0/SRPMS/mutt-1.3.17-8U70_2cl.src.rpm
ftp://atualizacoes.conectiva.com.br/8/RPMS/mutt-1.3.25-2U80_1cl.i386.rpm
ftp://atualizacoes.conectiva.com.br/8/SRPMS/mutt-1.3.25-2U80_1cl.src.rpm


ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS
The apt tool can be used to perform RPM packages upgrades:

- run: apt-get update
- after that, execute: apt-get upgrade

Detailed instructions reagarding the use of apt and upgrade examples
can be found at http://distro.conectiva.com.br/atualizacoes/#apt?idioma=en

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All packages are signed with Conectiva's GPG key. The key and instructions
on how to import it can be found at
http://distro.conectiva.com.br/seguranca/chave/?idioma=en
Instructions on how to check the signatures of the RPM packages can be
found at http://distro.conectiva.com.br/seguranca/politica/?idioma=en

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All our advisories and generic update instructions can be viewed at
http://distro.conectiva.com.br/atualizacoes/?idioma=en

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Copyright (c) 2003 Conectiva Inc.
http://www.conectiva.com

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