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FreeBSD-SA-01_43.fetchmail

FreeBSD-SA-01_43.fetchmail
Posted Aug 11, 2001
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FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-01:43 - The fetchmail port, versions prior to fetchmail-5.8.6, contains a potentially exploitable buffer overflow when rewriting headers longer than 512 bytes. This problem may allow remote users to cause fetchmail to crash and potentially execute arbitrary code as the user running fetchmail.

tags | remote, overflow, arbitrary
systems | freebsd
SHA-256 | 0ce42eb29df0ee11755da8eb304904f95adb31e6e6856b57c3c372a659305744

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FreeBSD-SA-01:43 Security Advisory
FreeBSD, Inc.

Topic: fetchmail contains potentially exploitable buffer
overflow

Category: ports
Module: fetchmail
Announced: 2001-07-10
Credits: Wolfram Kleff <kleff@cs.uni-bonn.de>
Affects: Ports collection prior to the correction date.
Corrected: 2001-06-15
Vendor status: Updated version released
FreeBSD only: NO

I. Background

fetchmail is a program used to retrieve email from POP and IMAP
servers.

II. Problem Description

The fetchmail port, versions prior to fetchmail-5.8.6, contains a
potentially exploitable buffer overflow when rewriting headers
longer than 512 bytes. This problem may allow remote users to
cause fetchmail to crash and potentially execute arbitrary code
as the user running fetchmail.

The fetchmail port is not installed by default, nor is it "part of
FreeBSD" as such: it is part of the FreeBSD ports collection, which
contains over 5400 third-party applications in a ready-to-install
format. The ports collection shipped with FreeBSD 4.3 is vulnerable
to this problem since it was discovered after its release.

FreeBSD makes no claim about the security of these third-party
applications, although an effort is underway to provide a security
audit of the most security-critical ports.

III. Impact

Remote users using specially crafted email messages may be able to
cause fetchmail to crash and potentially execute arbitrary code as
the user running fetchmail.

If you have not chosen to install the fetchmail port/package, then
your system is not vulnerable to this problem.

IV. Workaround

Deinstall the fetchmail port/package if you have installed it.

V. Solution

One of the following:

1) Upgrade your entire ports collection and rebuild the fetchmail port.

2) Deinstall the old package and install a new package dated after the
correction date, obtained from the following directories:

[i386]
ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-4-stable/mail/fetchmail-5.8.6.tgz
ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-5-current/mail/fetchmail-5.8.6.tgz

[alpha]
Packages are not automatically generated for the alpha architecture at
this time due to lack of build resources.

3) download a new port skeleton for the fetchmail port from:

http://www.freebsd.org/ports/

and use it to rebuild the port.

4) Use the portcheckout utility to automate option (3) above. The
portcheckout port is available in /usr/ports/devel/portcheckout or the
package can be obtained from:

ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-4-stable/devel/portcheckout-2.0.tgz
ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/ports/i386/packages-5-current/devel/portcheckout-2.0.tgz

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