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Category:   Application (E-mail Server)  >   Novell NetMail Vendors:   Novell
Novell NetMail Buffer Overflow in Username Authentication Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017141
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1017141
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-5478   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 1 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 3.5.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Novell NetMail. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted username value containing more than one period character to trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

The affected authentication code is used in the SMTP, POP, IMAP, HTTP, and Novell NMAP services.

The vendor was notified on September 8, 2006.

Tipping Point reported this vulnerability.

The original advisory is available at:

http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-06-036.html

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has reportedly issued a fix.

[Editor's note: Information from the vendor was not available at the time of this entry.]

Vendor URL:  www.novell.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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