Metamail splitmail file Subject header buffer overflow

metamail-splitmail-subject-bo (15258) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

Metamail is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the ShareThisHeader function in the splitmail.c file. A remote attacker could create a specially-crafted mail message containing a long Subject header to overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system with privileges of the user, once the message is opened.


Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

For Red Hat Linux:
Upgrade to the latest Metamail package, as listed below. Refer to RHSA-2004:073-05 for more information. See References.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (v. 2.1), Es (v. 2.1), WS (vs. 2.1), and Advanced Workstation 2.1 for the Itanium Processor: 2.7-29 or later

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • Debian Debian Linux 3.0
  • Gentoo Linux
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.0
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.1 PPC
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.1
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.2 AMD64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 9.2
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 2.1 X86_64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux Corporate Server 2.1
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 ES
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AW
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • Telcordia Technologies Metamail 2.7 and prior

Reported:

Feb 18, 2004

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