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Metamail: Buffer overflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200603-16 / metamail
Release Date March 17, 2006
Latest Revision March 17, 2006: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-mail/metamail < >= All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #126052


A buffer overflow in Metamail could possibly be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Metamail is a program that decodes MIME encoded mail.


Ulf Harnhammar discovered a buffer overflow in Metamail when processing mime boundraries.


By sending a specially crafted email, attackers could potentially exploit this vulnerability to crash Metamail or to execute arbitrary code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Metamail users should update to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-mail/metamail-"

4.  References


Page updated March 17, 2006

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