ELM frm command Subject buffer overflow

elm-frm-subject-bo (14840) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

Electronic Mail for Unix is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the frm command. By sending a message containing a long character string in the Subject field, a remote attacker can overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system, once the frm command is issued.


Consequences:

Gain Access

Remedy:

For Red Hat Linux:
Upgrade to the latest elm package, as listed below. Refer to RHSA-2004:009-01 for more information. See References.

Red Hat Advanced Workstation 2.1: 2.5.6-4 or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1AS: 2.5.6-4 or later

For SGI IRIX:
Apply the 10043 patch for this vulnerability, as listed in SGI Security Advisory 20040103-01-U. See References.

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • Elm Development Group ELM 2.5.6 and prior
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AW
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • SGI IRIX 2.3

Reported:

Jan 07, 2004

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