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Category:   Application (E-mail Server)  >   Sendmail Vendors:   Sendmail Consortium
(IBM Issues Interim Fix) Sendmail Excessive Recursion in Processing Malformed MIME Messages Lets Remote Users Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016304
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CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-1173   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 15 2006
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 8.13.7
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Sendmail. A remote user can cause denial of service conditions.

A remote user can send a specially crafted message containing malformed, deeply nested MIME content to cause excessive recursion, leading to stack exhaustion when the system attempts to deliver the message from the queue. Only mail delivered from the queue is affected. The system may fail to reattempt delivery of messages in the queue. Incoming mail is still accepted and delivered.

Also, if the system is configured to write uniquely named core dump files per process, the disk space may become filled with core dumps.

The vendor credits Frank Sheiness with reporting this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user may be able to stop the delivery of queued messages.
Solution:   IBM has issued interim fixes, available at:

IBM has announced the following fixes:

APAR number for AIX 5.2.0: IY85930 (available approx. 08/23/06)
APAR number for AIX 5.3.0: IY85415 (available approx. 08/09/06)

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   State error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (AIX)
Underlying OS Comments:  5.2, 5.3

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Jun 14 2006 Sendmail Excessive Recursion in Processing Malformed MIME Messages Lets Remote Users Deny Service

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