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Category:   Application (E-mail Client)  >   Eudora Vendors:   Qualcomm
Qualcomm Eudora E-mail Client Software Buffer Overflow in Processing MIME Boundaries Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1004952
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1004952
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Aug 6 2002
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.x
Description:   A buffer overflow vulnerability was reported in the Eudora e-mail client running on Microsoft Windows platforms. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the system.

SecureNet Service reported that the buffer overflow can be triggered by a remote user sending e-mail to a target user containing a specially crafted (and long) string as the MIME message boundary. No further details were provided.

[Editor's note: It is not clear if the overflow occurs when Eudora downloads a malicious e-mail message or when the user attempts to read a malicious e-mail message.]

Impact:   A remote user can send e-mail to execute arbitrary code on the recipient's computer. The code will run with the privileges of the recipient.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.

It is reported that the vendor plans to fix the flaw in the next release. No release date was provided.

Vendor URL:  www.eudora.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:   Windows (Me), Windows (NT), Windows (95), Windows (98), Windows (2000)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
(Exploit Code is Available) Re: Qualcomm Eudora E-mail Client Software Buffer Overflow in Processing MIME Boundaries Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code   (Kanatoko <anvil@jumperz.net>)
This is a follow-up message.



 Source Message Contents

Date:  Mon, 05 Aug 2002 15:24:25 +0900
Subject:  [SNS Advisory No.55] Eudora 5.x for Windows Buffer Overflow Vulnerability


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SNS Advisory No.55
Eudora 5.x for Windows Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Problem first discovered: 6 Jun 2002
Published: 5 Aug 2002
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Overview:
---------
  Eudora 5.x for Windows contains a buffer overflow vulnerability, 
  which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Problem Description:
--------------------
  Eudora developed and distributed by QUALCOMM Inc. 
  (http://www.qualcomm.com/), is a Mail User Agent running on Windows 
  95/98/2000/ME/NT 4.0 and MacOS 8.1 or later.

  The buffer overflow occurs when Eudora receives a message using a long
  string as a boundary, which is used to divide a multi-part message into
  separate parts.  In our verification environment, we have found that 
  this could allow arbitrary commands to be executed. 

Tested Version:
---------------
  Eudora 5.0-J for Windows (Ver.5.0.2-Jr2 trial) [Japanese]
  Eudora 5.1.1 for Windows (Sponsored Mode) [English]

Tested OS:
----------
  Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2 [Japanese]
  Microsoft Windows 98 SE [Japanese]

Solution:
---------
  The problem will be fixed in the next release of Eudora.
  The vendor has not reported when the next release will be available.

Communication background:
-------------------------
 6 Jun 2002  : We discovered the vulnerability.
 6 Jun 2002  : We reported the findings to Livin' on the EDGE Co., Ltd. 
               (user support of Japanese version) .
 14 Jun 2002 : the findings were reported again to Livin' on the EDGE Co.,
               Ltd. .
 17 Jun 2002 : We contacted QUALCOMM Inc. .
 18 Jun 2002 : QUALCOMM Inc. sent a reply stating that they had started an
               investigation of the problem.
 3 Jul 2002  : We asked QUALCOMM Inc. about the progress of the
               investigation
 19 Jul 2002 : We asked QUALCOMM Inc. again about the progress of the
               investigation
 24 Jul 2002 : We informed QUALCOMM Inc. about the announcement schedule
               of this advisory
 25 Jul 2002 : QUALCOMM Inc. reported that this problem will be fixed in
               the next release
 5 Aug 2002  : We decided to disclose this vulnerability due to concern
               over the potential consequences this issue may cause.
               Livin' on the EDGE Co., Ltd. has not provided any comments
               on this issue as of August 5, 2002.

Discovered by:
--------------
  Nobuo Miwa (LAC / n-miwa@lac.co.jp)

Disclaimer:
-----------
  All information in these advisories are subject to change without any 
  advanced notices neither mutual consensus, and each of them is released 
  as it is. LAC Co.,Ltd. is not responsible for any risks of occurrences 
  caused by applying those information.

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SecureNet Service(SNS) Security Advisory <snsadv@lac.co.jp>
Computer Security Laboratory, LAC  http://www.lac.co.jp/security/

 
 


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