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Debian DSA 268-1: buffer overflow in mutt

by Nikola Strahija on March 26th, 2003 A buffer overflow in the IMAP code of Mutt has beed discovered, which allows possible execution of arbitrary code via a aspecially crafted mail folder.


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Debian Security Advisory DSA 268-1 [email protected]
http://www.debian.org/security/ Martin Schulze
March 25th, 2003 http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : mutt
Vulnerability : buffer overflow
Problem-Type : remote
Debian-specific: no
Bugtraq ID : 7120
CVE Id : CAN-2003-0140

Core Security Technologies discovered a buffer overflow in the IMAP
code of Mutt, a text-oriented mail reader supporting IMAP, MIME, GPG,
PGP and threading. This problem allows a remote malicious IMAP server
to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary
code via a specially crafted mail folder.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.3.28-2.1.

The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected by this problem.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.5.4-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your mutt 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/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 715 c3057724009f05673b3c75bae5d251a3
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 50332 bb652f41e2606b8cadb2efcdf690ff49
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 2540330 015e4fce09e323997d64ad455524be19

Alpha architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1406670 bfe02cc93b3b062dc870045d38200659
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 457324 1721fd54a25cf63ec902eb1556c096d2

ARM architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1324028 813b7f5a2afab876fbb5a67c23d537c2
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 381706 c08ae68a55e0672d6e8be8aaf0670c16

Intel IA-32 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1301398 f20f7221425af30530cc4c32fa93c5d9
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 360742 c37eb100e007a5afa6fbcc6174f01266

Intel IA-64 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1517926 fe637601654c1febf069346fdec86b9d
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 559014 06ddd5496426d2485d626be919d757cd

HP Precision architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1373344 52a212f168a3e0c10b4125f5452fce83
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 427294 4b71238edb2937177ab340715c1e2870

Motorola 680x0 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1279036 250a83073d2e6c60b765b3eb129eda7a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 338394 9a4d00486eee58cb71f9aafd4f1614e2

Big endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1350300 fe602f4e3f41413eebcafc26361ab0ad
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 406784 f16f6e804bbafe0aa1b00d0f6600f25c

Little endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1348352 2f4c24dda0156a6f012796fa278929f0
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 405042 569a82fe40e936f6786a9cdca87fa981

PowerPC architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1332422 621a5ccda35cc1c99e6d547674bc22e3
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 390638 d838d8eb58b090ead913a723a4c4a90d

IBM S/390 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1326880 a10e97f3442362f7e12594f5822cfa0e
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 381996 6f30ee410a641c6b65942a52786013d9

Sun Sparc architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1324220 a1310eb747b9565918952ac6fcc0d1fd
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 376912 b493c279d05503c84a281a003f74a77d


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: [email protected]
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and http://packages.debian.org/

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