Sophos Anti-Virus email virus may not be detected

sophos-email-virus-undetected (15192) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Sophos Anti-Virus could allow a virus embedded in an email to pass undetected. If a qmail mail server employs the type of Delivery Status Notification (DSN) where the original email is not included in the bounce message, Sophos Anti-Virus engine may let the virus pass without detection. A remote attacker could send an email without any MIME boundary definitions to a qmail server that generates DSNs without including the original email in the bounce message to spread the virus.


Bypass Security


Upgrade to the latest version of Sophos Anti-Virus for your operating system, available from the Sophos Web site. See References.


  • Advisory: Sophos Anti-Virus 3.78 MIME handling: Support News.
  • Sophos Web site: Sophos Anti-Virus.
  • BID-9650: Sophos Anti-Virus Delivery Status Notification Handling Scanner Bypass Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-2088: Sophos Anti-Virus 3.78 allows remote attackers to bypass virus scanning by using a qmail generated Delivery Status Notification (DSN) where the original email is not included in the bounce message.
  • OSVDB ID: 45184: Sophos Anti-Virus qmail Generated Delivery Status Notification (DSN) Scanning Bypass
  • SA10855: Sophos Anti-Virus MIME Header Handling Vulnerability
  • SECTRACK ID: 1009042: Sophos Anti-Virus Can Be Hung With Specially Crafted MIME Headers

Platforms Affected:

  • Sophos Sophos Anti-Virus 3.78


Feb 12, 2004

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