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Home » Hacking News » Debian DSA 274-1: mutt buffer overflow

Debian DSA 274-1: mutt buffer overflow

by Nikola Strahija on March 28th, 2003 Several buffer overflows were found in the IMAP code of Mutt, which could allow denial of service and arbitrary code execution.

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 274-1 [email protected] Martin Schulze
March 28th, 2003
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Package : mutt
Vulnerability : buffer overflow
Problem-Type : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE Id : CAN-2003-0167

Byrial Jensen discovered a couple of off-by-one buffer overflow in the
IMAP code of Mutt, a text-oriented mail reader supporting IMAP, MIME,
GPG, PGP and threading. This problem could potentially allow 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 1.3.28-2.2.

The old stable distribution (potato) is also affected by this problem
and an update will follow.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.4.0 and above.

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:
Size/MD5 checksum: 715 0c5a6d18785bb1ee76ad3ed7fda8a7dd
Size/MD5 checksum: 50789 0964d0b20590afa63dfa00d9c33a95dd
Size/MD5 checksum: 2540330 015e4fce09e323997d64ad455524be19

Alpha architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1406706 7c529dd0d15966a7e64f35984672d5d3
Size/MD5 checksum: 457416 1284913c92d99d93948a4374c91fe71d

ARM architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1324178 beee8887cce0b9cdf25eff6d1028fa4c
Size/MD5 checksum: 381796 9001d26eb3a37d774dbcd11b91d4c025

Intel IA-32 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1301466 aa1b5f036516de1e6ffe434c71e53ea9
Size/MD5 checksum: 360826 b8c3485a23be019515673825eb299589

Intel IA-64 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1518046 41da3704f9c9fda17d105ddccd10b3cc
Size/MD5 checksum: 559104 6ce41c26099f9911bc3137085f345cdb

HP Precision architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1373464 b3f9219aefee15c900e5a2501b3236df
Size/MD5 checksum: 427374 0085b7bd2e921685abab721ecb5b2eb0

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1279118 70b735fca53f9f7ee34e2df0e05b46dd
Size/MD5 checksum: 338484 bc33e1fc1145b3d1f646aa611755a551

Big endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1350408 054e00113732a49fce19bb4c7fdffcfb
Size/MD5 checksum: 406870 14ae6836f5b52e6baf65d84936667eff

Little endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1348416 241870555290f18a65bcade08d0999a3
Size/MD5 checksum: 405126 bd293712ceebf5112f6833a894cd4a4c

PowerPC architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1332478 1f5214fb21b36da1f31e958234a1bbf4
Size/MD5 checksum: 390728 cf8471342f1e6bbc5498ef4c4e13db92

IBM S/390 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1326982 de1ea08e61e737330933cefd75ca5933
Size/MD5 checksum: 382086 021db00ad9ee194654cdea287e7ca781

Sun Sparc architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 1324188 ab44dd50250174f4e68691bbdb89c46d
Size/MD5 checksum: 377000 9eff9a19020b5a2ac2626a120312fdd0

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

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For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: [email protected]
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and

Version: GnuPG v1.2.1 (GNU/Linux)


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