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Category:   Application (E-mail Client)  >   Mutt Vendors:   Mutt.org
(Debian Issues Fix) Mutt Buffer Overflow May Cause Arbitrary Code to Be Executed When Downloading Mail
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1006376
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1006376
CVE Reference:   CVE-2003-0140   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 25 2003
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 1.4.1
Description:   A buffer overflow vulnerability was reported in the Mutt e-mail client. A remote IMAP server may be able to cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target client when the client downloads mail from the server.

The buffer overflow reportedly resides in the IMAP client code.

The report credits CORE Security with discovering the flaw.

Impact:   A remote server can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's e-mail client when the client retrieves mail from the server.
Solution:   Debian has released a fix in version 1.3.28-2.1 for the stable distribution (woody) and in version 1.5.4-1 for the unstable distribution (sid).

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody:

Source archives:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 715 c3057724009f05673b3c75bae5d251a3
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 50332 bb652f41e2606b8cadb2efcdf690ff49
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 2540330 015e4fce09e323997d64ad455524be19

Alpha architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1406670 bfe02cc93b3b062dc870045d38200659
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 457324 1721fd54a25cf63ec902eb1556c096d2

ARM architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1324028 813b7f5a2afab876fbb5a67c23d537c2
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 381706 c08ae68a55e0672d6e8be8aaf0670c16

Intel IA-32 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1301398 f20f7221425af30530cc4c32fa93c5d9
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 360742 c37eb100e007a5afa6fbcc6174f01266

Intel IA-64 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1517926 fe637601654c1febf069346fdec86b9d
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 559014 06ddd5496426d2485d626be919d757cd

HP Precision architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1373344 52a212f168a3e0c10b4125f5452fce83
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 427294 4b71238edb2937177ab340715c1e2870

Motorola 680x0 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1279036 250a83073d2e6c60b765b3eb129eda7a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 338394 9a4d00486eee58cb71f9aafd4f1614e2

Big endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1350300 fe602f4e3f41413eebcafc26361ab0ad
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 406784 f16f6e804bbafe0aa1b00d0f6600f25c

Little endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1348352 2f4c24dda0156a6f012796fa278929f0
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 405042 569a82fe40e936f6786a9cdca87fa981

PowerPC architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1332422 621a5ccda35cc1c99e6d547674bc22e3
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 390638 d838d8eb58b090ead913a723a4c4a90d

IBM S/390 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1326880 a10e97f3442362f7e12594f5822cfa0e
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 381996 6f30ee410a641c6b65942a52786013d9

Sun Sparc architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1324220 a1310eb747b9565918952ac6fcc0d1fd
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 376912 b493c279d05503c84a281a003f74a77d

Vendor URL:  www.mutt.org/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Debian)
Underlying OS Comments:  3.0

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Mar 20 2003 Mutt Buffer Overflow May Cause Arbitrary Code to Be Executed When Downloading Mail



 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [SECURITY] [DSA 268-1] New mutt packages fix arbitrary code execution


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Debian Security Advisory DSA 268-1                     security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                             Martin Schulze
March 25th, 2003                        http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package        : mutt
Vulnerability  : buffer overflow
Problem-Type   : remote
Debian-specific: no
Bugtraq ID     : 7120
CVE Id         : CAN-2003-0140

Core Security Technologies discovered a buffer overflow in the IMAP
code of Mutt, a text-oriented mail reader supporting IMAP, MIME, GPG,
PGP and threading.  This problem allows a remote malicious IMAP server
to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary
code via a specially crafted mail folder.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.3.28-2.1.

The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected by this problem.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in
version 1.5.4-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your mutt package.


Upgrade Instructions
- --------------------

wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
        will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
        will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.


Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
- --------------------------------

  Source archives:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1.dsc
      Size/MD5 checksum:      715 c3057724009f05673b3c75bae5d251a3
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1.diff.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:    50332 bb652f41e2606b8cadb2efcdf690ff49
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28.orig.tar.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:  2540330 015e4fce09e323997d64ad455524be19

  Alpha architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_alpha.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1406670 bfe02cc93b3b062dc870045d38200659
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_alpha.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   457324 1721fd54a25cf63ec902eb1556c096d2

  ARM architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_arm.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1324028 813b7f5a2afab876fbb5a67c23d537c2
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_arm.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   381706 c08ae68a55e0672d6e8be8aaf0670c16

  Intel IA-32 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_i386.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1301398 f20f7221425af30530cc4c32fa93c5d9
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_i386.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   360742 c37eb100e007a5afa6fbcc6174f01266

  Intel IA-64 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_ia64.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1517926 fe637601654c1febf069346fdec86b9d
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_ia64.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   559014 06ddd5496426d2485d626be919d757cd

  HP Precision architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_hppa.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1373344 52a212f168a3e0c10b4125f5452fce83
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_hppa.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   427294 4b71238edb2937177ab340715c1e2870

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_m68k.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1279036 250a83073d2e6c60b765b3eb129eda7a
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_m68k.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   338394 9a4d00486eee58cb71f9aafd4f1614e2

  Big endian MIPS architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_mips.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1350300 fe602f4e3f41413eebcafc26361ab0ad
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_mips.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   406784 f16f6e804bbafe0aa1b00d0f6600f25c

  Little endian MIPS architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_mipsel.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1348352 2f4c24dda0156a6f012796fa278929f0
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_mipsel.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   405042 569a82fe40e936f6786a9cdca87fa981

  PowerPC architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_powerpc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1332422 621a5ccda35cc1c99e6d547674bc22e3
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_powerpc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   390638 d838d8eb58b090ead913a723a4c4a90d

  IBM S/390 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_s390.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1326880 a10e97f3442362f7e12594f5822cfa0e
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_s390.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   381996 6f30ee410a641c6b65942a52786013d9

  Sun Sparc architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt_1.3.28-2.1_sparc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:  1324220 a1310eb747b9565918952ac6fcc0d1fd
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mutt/mutt-utf8_1.3.28-2.1_sparc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   376912 b493c279d05503c84a281a003f74a77d


  These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
  its next revision.

- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and http://packages.debian.org/<pkg>

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