ripMIME attachment bypass filters

ripmime-attachment-filters-bypass (16867) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


ripMIME could allow a remote attacker to bypass email and content filters. ripMIME fails to properly extract specific MIME encoded data from an attachment, if the data consists of invalid characters. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to bypass certain email and various filtering applications, such as antivirus programs.


Bypass Security


Upgrade to the latest version of ripMIME ( or later), available from the ripMIME Web page. See References.


  • ripMIME ChangeLog Web page: ripMIME CHANGELOG.
  • ripMIME Web page: - ripMIME.
  • BID-10848: ripMIME MIME Attachment Decoding Weakness
  • CVE-2004-2619: ripMIME and earlier allows remote attackers to bypass e-mail protection via a base64 MIME encoded attachment containing invalid characters that are not properly extracted.
  • CVE-2004-2620: The MIMEH_read_headers function in ripMIME does not properly handle trailing \r and \n characters in headers, which leads to a buffer underflow.
  • OSVDB ID: 8287: ripMIME Attachment Extraction Bypass
  • OSVDB ID: 8731: ripMIME MIMEH_read_headers() underrun
  • SA12201: ripMIME Attachment Extraction Bypass

Platforms Affected:

  • PLDaniels ripMIME prior to


Aug 03, 2004

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