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Sylpheed, Sylpheed-claws: Buffer overflow on message display


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200504-02 / sylpheed
Release Date April 02, 2005
Latest Revision April 02, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
mail-client/sylpheed < 1.0.4 >= 1.0.4 All supported architectures
mail-client/sylpheed-claws < 1.0.4 >= 1.0.4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #86541


Sylpheed and Sylpheed-claws contain a vulnerability that can be triggered when displaying messages with specially crafted attachments.

2.  Impact Information


Sylpheed is a lightweight email client and newsreader. Sylpheed-claws is a 'bleeding edge' version of Sylpheed.


Sylpheed and Sylpheed-claws fail to properly handle messages containing attachments with MIME-encoded filenames.


An attacker can send a malicious email message which, when displayed, would cause the program to crash, potentially allowing the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the software.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Sylpheed users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/sylpheed-1.0.4"

All Sylpheed-claws users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.2: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/sylpheed-claws-1.0.4"

4.  References


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