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SquirrelMail: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200501-39 / SquirrelMail
Release Date January 28, 2005
Latest Revision January 28, 2005: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
mail-client/squirrelmail <= 1.4.3a-r2 >= 1.4.4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #78116


SquirrelMail fails to properly sanitize user input, which could lead to arbitrary code execution and compromise webmail accounts.

2.  Impact Information


SquirrelMail is a webmail package written in PHP. It supports IMAP and SMTP and can optionally be installed with SQL support.


SquirrelMail fails to properly sanitize certain strings when decoding specially-crafted strings, which can lead to PHP file inclusion and XSS.

  • Insufficient checking of incoming URLs in prefs.php (CAN-2005-0075) and in webmail.php (CAN-2005-0103).
  • Insufficient escaping of integers in webmail.php (CAN-2005-0104).


By sending a specially-crafted URL, an attacker can execute arbitrary code from the local system with the permissions of the web server. Furthermore by enticing a user to load a specially-crafted URL, it is possible to display arbitrary remote web pages in Squirrelmail's frameset and execute arbitrary scripts running in the context of the victim's browser. This could lead to a compromise of the user's webmail account, cookie theft, etc.

3.  Resolution Information


The arbitrary code execution is only possible with "register_globals" set to "On". Gentoo ships PHP with "register_globals" set to "Off" by default. There are no known workarounds for the other issues at this time.


All SquirrelMail users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/squirrelmail-1.4.4"

Note: Users with the vhosts USE flag set should manually use webapp-config to finalize the update.

4.  References


Page updated January 28, 2005

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