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Red Hat RHSA-2003:264-01: pine multiple vulnerabilities

by Nikola Strahija on September 11th, 2003 Several vulnerabilities have been found by iDEFENSE Labs which could lead to arbitrary code execution when a specially crafted email is processed by Pine.

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Updated pine packages fix vulnerabilities
Advisory ID: RHSA-2003:273-01
Issue date: 2003-09-11
Updated on: 2003-09-11
Product: Red Hat Linux
Keywords: iDefense
Cross references:
Obsoletes: RHSA-2002:270
CVE Names: CAN-2003-0720 CAN-2003-0721
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1. Topic:

Updated Pine packages that resolve remotely exploitable security issues are
now available.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, ia64
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386
Red Hat Linux 8.0 - i386
Red Hat Linux 9 - i386

3. Problem description:

Pine, developed at the University of Washington, is a tool for reading,
sending, and managing electronic messages (including mail and news).

A buffer overflow exists in the way unpatched versions of Pine prior to
4.57 handle the 'message/external-body' type. The Common Vulnerabilities
and Exposures project ( has assigned the name CAN-2003-0720
to this issue.

An integer overflow exists in the Pine MIME header parsing in versions
prior to 4.57. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
( has assigned the name CAN-2003-0721 to this issue.

Both of these flaws could be exploited by a remote attacker sending a
carefully crafted email to the victim that will execute arbitrary code when
the email is opened using Pine.

All users of Pine are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages, which
contain a backported security patch correcting these issues.

Red Hat would like to thank iDefense for bringing these issues to our
attention and the University of Washington for the patch.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

If up2date fails to connect to Red Hat Network due to SSL Certificate
Errors, you need to install a version of the up2date client with an updated
certificate. The latest version of up2date is available from the Red Hat
FTP site and may also be downloaded directly from the RHN website:

5. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 7.1:



Red Hat Linux 7.2:




Red Hat Linux 7.3:



Red Hat Linux 8.0:



Red Hat Linux 9:



6. Verification:

MD5 sum Package Name
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7d16a8c9959c48b00854b0e5204da40f 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/pine-4.44-19.71.0.src.rpm
f697ec4914c7bc1184a420bf57168a02 7.1/en/os/i386/pine-4.44-19.71.0.i386.rpm
179dcdbfc746c0c13c00ceabc56b9916 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/pine-4.44-19.72.0.src.rpm
b55c7eee4a529db891c8534b71da58dd 7.2/en/os/i386/pine-4.44-19.72.0.i386.rpm
d525c79e4af4dcb005b478916465dc99 7.2/en/os/ia64/pine-4.44-19.72.0.ia64.rpm
1380b1c63c33d09654efeb861e1be897 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/pine-4.44-19.73.0.src.rpm
e34d70c895388072149dcaabae354b5d 7.3/en/os/i386/pine-4.44-19.73.0.i386.rpm
8813e64bc7b8cb41412e2181ffede805 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/pine-4.44-19.80.0.src.rpm
e3b55645647c36fa06bcf206fd6d5624 8.0/en/os/i386/pine-4.44-19.80.0.i386.rpm
8275c8b4a0184416f381a59a9178c996 9/en/os/SRPMS/pine-4.44-19.90.0.src.rpm
2e6c9c6d5d6eddcba5ee45114f9c3311 9/en/os/i386/pine-4.44-19.90.0.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key is
available from

You can verify each package with the following command:

rpm --checksig -v

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:


7. References:

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is . More contact
details at

Copyright 2003 Red Hat, Inc.
Version: GnuPG v1.0.7 (GNU/Linux)


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