Users login

Create an account »

JOIN XATRIX

Users login

Home » Hacking News » SuSE SA:2003:018: qpopper remote system compromise

SuSE SA:2003:018: qpopper remote system compromise

by Nikola Strahija on March 23rd, 2003 The qpopper server v4 is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which occurs after authentication has taken place. Therefore, pop-users with a valid account can execute arbitrary code on the system running qpopper.


-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----

______________________________________________________________________________

SuSE Security Announcement

Package: qpopper
Announcement-ID: SuSE-SA:2003:018
Date: Friday, Mar 21th 2003 10:11 MET
Affected products: 7.3, 8.0, 8.1
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
Vulnerability Type: remote system compromise
Severity (1-10): 3
SuSE default package: no
Cross References: CAN-2003-0143

Content of this advisory:
1) security vulnerability resolved: buffer overflow
problem description, discussion, solution and upgrade information
2) pending vulnerabilities, solutions, workarounds:
- mutt
- kernel
- ethereal
- apcupsd
- vnc
- openssl
- mod_php4
- pgp4pine
- nethack
- netpbm
- man
3) standard appendix (further information)

______________________________________________________________________________

1) problem description, brief discussion, solution, upgrade information

The Post-Office-Protocol- (POP-) Server qpopper (version 4) was
vulnerable to a buffer overflow. The buffer overflow occurs after
authentication has taken place. Therefore pop-users with a valid
account can execute arbitrary code on the system running qpopper.
Depending on the setup, the malicious code is run with higher privileges.

There is no temporary fix known, please update your system.

Please download the update package for your distribution and verify its
integrity by the methods listed in section 3) of this announcement.
Then, install the package using the command "rpm -Fhv file.rpm" to apply
the update.
Our maintenance customers are being notified individually. The packages
are being offered to install from the maintenance web.

Please note, missing packages will be published as soon as possible.


Intel i386 Platform:

SuSE-8.1:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/8.1/rpm/i586/qpopper-4.0.4-133.i586.rpm
45017728d71adab5aa1b335878666369
patch rpm(s):
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/8.1/rpm/i586/qpopper-4.0.4-133.i586.patch.rpm
06c56a877950b5285164b77e7818a3df
source rpm(s):
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/8.1/rpm/src/qpopper-4.0.4-133.src.rpm
c8e7be3433bddadc73aac4251faa9b27

SuSE-8.0:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/8.0/n4/qpopper-4.0.3-178.i386.rpm
e62034de0ab73f1f563950a34047493f
patch rpm(s):
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/8.0/n4/qpopper-4.0.3-178.i386.patch.rpm
0f0b17a2efd99edb840b559095d5b8f0
source rpm(s):
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/8.0/zq1/qpopper-4.0.3-178.src.rpm
2e8023638bd7c5d71ac5fe55f9bd6036

______________________________________________________________________________

2) Pending vulnerabilities in SuSE Distributions and Workarounds:

- mutt
A buffer overflow in mutt's IMAP code may result in remote system
compromise.
New packages are currently being build and will be available soon.

- kernel
A bug in the Linux kernel was found that allows local users to
become root. The bug can just be exploited if ptrace(2) is allowed,
LKM and kmod support is enabled.
We already build new kernels and are currently testing them.
As a workaround kernel module loading can be disabled after every
boot by executing the following action as root:
# echo /just/a/temporary/workaround > /proc/sys/kernel/modprobe
Please note, that this will disable some services.

- ethereal
A format string bug in ethereal's SOCKS handling code and a buffer
overflow in the NTLMSSP was found in ethereal. Both bugs may lead
to remote system compromise.
New packages are currently being build and will be available soon.

- apcupsd
The control and management daemon for APC UPS systems is vulnerable
to remote code execution due to buffer overflow and format string bugs.
A dedicated advisory for this issue will be released as soon as all
packages are being build.

- vnc
VNC (Virtual Network Computing) uses a weak cookie generation process
which can be exploited by an attacker to bypass authentication.
New packages are currently being tested and will be available on our
FTP servers soon.

- openssl
A paper regarding remote timing attacks against OpenSSL has been
published by researchers of the Stanford University. It is possible
to extract the private RSA key used by services using OpenSSL by
observing their timing behavior.
Additionally czech researchers found another bug in OpenSSL which
is an extension of the "Bleichenbacher Attack".
Fixed packages will be available on our FTP servers soon.

- mod_php4 4.3.0
A serious security vulnerability was found in mod_php 4.3.0 which
allows a remote attacker to read files or even execute PHP-code.
This was possible due to direct access to the CGI module.
SuSE does not ship this vulnerable version.

- pgp4pine
A buffer overflow in pine's filter add-on pgp4pine can be abused
to execute arbitrary commands remotely. The pgp4pine version
SuSE ships is not vulnerable to this bug.

- nethack
A buffer overflow in nethack can be exploited local users to gain
higher privileges if the nethack binary is installed setuid/setgid.
This bug is fixed for upcoming SuSE Linux versions. As a temporary
workaround you should disable all s-bits on the nethack binary
(/etc/permissions.local).

- netpbm
The netpbm package contains various integer overflows which can
lead to arbitrary code execution. New packages are published on our
FTP servers.

- man
A vulnerability in man was published that allows local privilege
escalation. SuSE Linux does not ship this vulnerable version of man.


______________________________________________________________________________

3) standard appendix: authenticity verification, additional information

- Package authenticity verification:

SuSE update packages are available on many mirror ftp servers all over
the world. While this service is being considered valuable and important
to the free and open source software community, many users wish to be
sure about the origin of the package and its content before installing
the package. There are two verification methods that can be used
independently from each other to prove the authenticity of a downloaded
file or rpm package:
1) md5sums as provided in the (cryptographically signed) announcement.
2) using the internal gpg signatures of the rpm package.

1) execute the command
md5sum
after you downloaded the file from a SuSE ftp server or its mirrors.
Then, compare the resulting md5sum with the one that is listed in the
announcement. Since the announcement containing the checksums is
cryptographically signed (usually using the key [email protected]),
the checksums show proof of the authenticity of the package.
We disrecommend to subscribe to security lists which cause the
email message containing the announcement to be modified so that
the signature does not match after transport through the mailing
list software.
Downsides: You must be able to verify the authenticity of the
announcement in the first place. If RPM packages are being rebuilt
and a new version of a package is published on the ftp server, all
md5 sums for the files are useless.

2) rpm package signatures provide an easy way to verify the authenticity
of an rpm package. Use the command
rpm -v --checksig
to verify the signature of the package, where is the
filename of the rpm package that you have downloaded. Of course,
package authenticity verification can only target an un-installed rpm
package file.
Prerequisites:
a) gpg is installed
b) The package is signed using a certain key. The public part of this
key must be installed by the gpg program in the directory
~/.gnupg/ under the user's home directory who performs the
signature verification (usually root). You can import the key
that is used by SuSE in rpm packages for SuSE Linux by saving
this announcement to a file ("announcement.txt") and
running the command (do "su -" to be root):
gpg --batch; gpg < announcement.txt | gpg --import
SuSE Linux distributions version 7.1 and thereafter install the
key "[email protected]" upon installation or upgrade, provided that
the package gpg is installed. The file containing the public key
is placed at the top-level directory of the first CD (pubring.gpg)
and at ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/pubring.gpg-build.suse.de .


- SuSE runs two security mailing lists to which any interested party may
subscribe:

[email protected]
- general/linux/SuSE security discussion.
All SuSE security announcements are sent to this list.
To subscribe, send an email to
.

[email protected]
- SuSE's announce-only mailing list.
Only SuSE's security announcements are sent to this list.
To subscribe, send an email to
.

For general information or the frequently asked questions (faq)
send mail to:
or
respectively.

=====================================================================
SuSE's security contact is or .
The public key is listed below.
=====================================================================
______________________________________________________________________________

The information in this advisory may be distributed or reproduced,
provided that the advisory is not modified in any way. In particular,
it is desired that the clear-text signature shows proof of the
authenticity of the text.
SuSE Linux AG makes no warranties of any kind whatsoever with respect
to the information contained in this security advisory.

Type Bits/KeyID Date User ID
pub 2048R/3D25D3D9 1999-03-06 SuSE Security Team
pub 1024D/9C800ACA 2000-10-19 SuSE Package Signing Key

- -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org

mQGiBDnu9IERBACT8Y35+2vv4MGVKiLEMOl9GdST6MCkYS3yEKeueNWc+z/0Kvff
4JctBsgs47tjmiI9sl0eHjm3gTR8rItXMN6sJEUHWzDP+Y0PFPboMvKx0FXl/A0d
M+HFrruCgBlWt6FA+okRySQiliuI5phwqkXefl9AhkwR8xocQSVCFxcwvwCglVcO
QliHu8jwRQHxlRE0tkwQQI0D+wfQwKdvhDplxHJ5nf7U8c/yE/vdvpN6lF0tmFrK
XBUX+K7u4ifrZlQvj/81M4INjtXreqDiJtr99Rs6xa0ScZqITuZC4CWxJa9GynBE
D3+D2t1V/f8l0smsuYoFOF7Ib49IkTdbtwAThlZp8bEhELBeGaPdNCcmfZ66rKUd
G5sRA/9ovnc1krSQF2+sqB9/o7w5/q2qiyzwOSTnkjtBUVKn4zLUOf6aeBAoV6NM
CC3Kj9aZHfA+ND0ehPaVGJgjaVNFhPi4x0e7BULdvgOoAqajLfvkURHAeSsxXIoE
myW/xC1sBbDkDUIBSx5oej73XCZgnj/inphRqGpsb+1nKFvF+rQoU3VTRSBQYWNr
YWdlIFNpZ25pbmcgS2V5IDxidWlsZEBzdXNlLmRlPohcBBMRAgAcBQI57vSBBQkD
wmcABAsKAwQDFQMCAxYCAQIXgAAKCRCoTtronIAKyl8sAJ98BgD40zw0GHJHIf6d
NfnwI2PAsgCgjH1+PnYEl7TFjtZsqhezX7vZvYCIRgQQEQIABgUCOnBeUgAKCRCe
QOMQAAqrpNzOAKCL512FZvv4VZx94TpbA9lxyoAejACeOO1HIbActAevk5MUBhNe
LZa/qM2JARUDBRA6cGBvd7LmAD0l09kBATWnB/9An5vfiUUE1VQnt+T/EYklES3t
XXaJJp9pHMa4fzFa8jPVtv5UBHGee3XoUNDVwM2OgSEISZxbzdXGnqIlcT08TzBU
D9i579uifklLsnr35SJDZ6ram51/CWOnnaVhUzneOA9gTPSr+/fT3WeVnwJiQCQ3
0kNLWVXWATMnsnT486eAOlT6UNBPYQLpUprF5Yryk23pQUPAgJENDEqeU6iIO9Ot
1ZPtB0lniw+/xCi13D360o1tZDYOp0hHHJN3D3EN8C1yPqZd5CvvznYvB6bWBIpW
cRgdn2DUVMmpU661jwqGlRz1F84JG/xe4jGuzgpJt9IXSzyohEJB6XG5+D0BiF0E
ExECAB0FAjxqqTQFCQoAgrMFCwcKAwQDFQMCAxYCAQIXgAAKCRCoTtronIAKyp1f
AJ9dR7saz2KPNwD3U+fy/0BDKXrYGACfbJ8fQcJqCBQxeHvt9yMPDVq0B0W5Ag0E
Oe70khAIAISR0E3ozF/la+oNaRwxHLrCet30NgnxRROYhPaJB/Tu1FQokn2/Qld/
HZnh3TwhBIw1FqrhWBJ7491iAjLR9uPbdWJrn+A7t8kSkPaF3Z/6kyc5a8fas44h
t5h+6HMBzoFCMAq2aBHQRFRNp9Mz1ZvoXXcI1lk1l8OqcUM/ovXbDfPcXsUVeTPT
tGzcAi2jVl9hl3iwJKkyv/RLmcusdsi8YunbvWGFAF5GaagYQo7YlF6UaBQnYJTM
523AMgpPQtsKm9o/w9WdgXkgWhgkhZEeqUS3m5xNey1nLu9iMvq9M/iXnGz4sg6Q
2Y+GqZ+yAvNWjRRou3zSE7Bzg28MI4sAAwYH/2D71Xc5HPDgu87WnBFgmp8MpSr8
QnSs0wwPg3xEullGEocolSb2c0ctuSyeVnCttJMzkukL9TqyF4s/6XRstWirSWaw
JxRLKH6Zjo/FaKsshYKf8gBkAaddvpl3pO0gmUYbqmpQ3xDEYlhCeieXS5MkockQ
1sj2xYdB1xO0ExzfiCiscUKjUFy+mdzUsUutafuZ+gbHog1CN/ccZCkxcBa5IFCH
ORrNjq9pYWlrxsEn6ApsG7JJbM2besW1PkdEoxak74z1senh36m5jQvVjA3U4xq1
wwylxadmmJaJHzeiLfb7G1ZRjZTsB7fyYxqDzMVul6o9BSwO/1XsIAnV1uuITAQY
EQIADAUCOe70kgUJA8JnAAAKCRCoTtronIAKyksiAJsFB3/77SkH3JlYOGrEe1Ol
0JdGwACeKTttgeVPFB+iGJdiwQlxasOfuXyITAQYEQIADAUCPGqpWQUJCgCCxwAK
CRCoTtronIAKyofBAKCSZM2UFyta/fe9WgITK9I5hbxxtQCfX+0ar2CZmSknn3co
SPihn1+OBNyZAQ0DNuEtBAAAAQgAoCRcd7SVZEFcumffyEwfLTcXQjhKzOahzxpo
omuF+HIyU4AGq+SU8sTZ/1SsjhdzzrSAfv1lETACA+3SmLr5KV40Us1w0UC64cwt
A46xowVq1vMlH2Lib+V/qr3b1hE67nMHjysECVx9Ob4gFuKNoR2eqnAaJvjnAT8J
/LoUC20EdCHUqn6v+M9t/WZgC+WNR8cq69uDy3YQhDP/nIan6fm2uf2kSV9A7ZxE
GrwsWl/WX5Q/sQqMWaU6r4az98X3z90/cN+eJJ3vwtA+rm+nxEvyev+jaLuOQBDf
ebh/XA4FZ35xmi+spdiVeJH4F/ubaGlmj7+wDOF3suYAPSXT2QAFEbQlU3VTRSBT
ZWN1cml0eSBUZWFtIDxzZWN1cml0eUBzdXNlLmRlPokBFQMFEDbhLUfkWLKHsco8
RQEBVw4H/1vIdiOLX/7hdzYaG9crQVIk3QwaB5eBbjvLEMvuCZHiY2COUg5QdmPQ
8SlWNZ6k4nu1BLcv2g/pymPUWP9fG4tuSnlUJDrWGm3nhyhAC9iudP2u1YQY37Gb
B6NPVaZiYMnEb4QYFcqv5c/r2ghSXUTYk7etd6SW6WCOpEqizhx1cqDKNZnsI/1X
11pFcO2N7rc6byDBJ1T+cK+F1Ehan9XBt/shryJmv04nli5CXQMEbiqYYMOu8iaA
8AWRgXPCWqhyGhcVD3LRhUJXjUOdH4ZiHCXaoF3zVPxpeGKEQY8iBrDeDyB3wHmj
qY9WCX6cmogGQRgYG6yJqDalLqrDOdmJARUDBRA24S0Ed7LmAD0l09kBAW04B/4p
WH3f1vQn3i6/+SmDjGzUu2GWGq6Fsdwo2hVM2ym6CILeow/K9JfhdwGvY8LRxWRL
hn09j2IJ9P7H1Yz3qDf10AX6V7YILHtchKT1dcngCkTLmDgC4rs1iAAl3f089sRG
BafGPGKv2DQjHfR1LfRtbf0P7c09Tkej1MP8HtQMW9hPkBYeXcwbCjdrVGFOzqx+
AvvJDdT6a+oyRMTFlvmZ83UV5pgoyimgjhWnM1V4bFBYjPrtWMkdXJSUXbR6Q7Pi
RZWCzGRzwbaxqpl3rK/YTCphOLwEMB27B4/fcqtBzgoMOiaZA0M5fFoo54KgRIh0
zinsSx2OrWgvSiLEXXYKiEYEEBECAAYFAjseYcMACgkQnkDjEAAKq6ROVACgjhDM
/3KM+iFjs5QXsnd4oFPOnbkAnjYGa1J3em+bmV2aiCdYXdOuGn4ZiQCVAwUQN7c7
whaQN/7O/JIVAQEB+QP/cYblSAmPXxSFiaHWB+MiUNw8B6ozBLK0QcMQ2YcL6+Vl
D+nSZP20+Ja2nfiKjnibCv5ss83yXoHkYk2Rsa8foz6Y7tHwuPiccvqnIC/c9Cvz
dbIsdxpfsi0qWPfvX/jLMpXqqnPjdIZErgxpwujas1n9016PuXA8K3MJwVjCqSKI
RgQQEQIABgUCOhpCpAAKCRDHUqoysN/3gCt7AJ9adNQMbmA1iSYcbhtgvx9ByLPI
DgCfZ5Wj+f7cnYpFZI6GkAyyczG09sE=
=LRKC
- -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----


-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: 2.6.3i
Charset: noconv

iQEVAwUBPnsGmney5gA9JdPZAQEcwwgAnqPVy8/s/7v7pB2K1aLoQrySXeBXBGhl
InbKzoY86tM7m6ec/3/bRvEYsL791YtsuabOy7TSGNFXVaifeIPbmB3LPfwg96L1
wL3MIs8MMjmbyrV5un16pGrDsdAAviIRr8Ut3aj/RwT0DiXUCqZoKQlPTkouB4VH
Cp8ztHBbYle+fGCYsmKgojspSXzManpDbkonAgU43miEsqVJQstpalC+LfqFzJZ5
Q9ltb92gvyuYPaxlMNUlztQ25eKLMMmGRJ7jTHWtfPAKf6h4hLOJj5fPaTY7vwzI
AXAMyCqj764YPzmPJcBkrN2kYizoYFawvYwbWwuDJlChdPp6GECNpg==
=hTOp
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----


Newsletter signup

Signup to our monthly newsletter and stay in touch with IT news!

Free E-books

We've got ebooks! But they're not online. :( Please give us a few days to bring downloads back.

Contact

Have something to say or just wanna drop us a line? Please keep this in mind: to spam, we reply with spam.

Contact us »