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Courier-IMAP: Remote execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200704-18 / courier-imap
Release Date April 22, 2007
Latest Revision April 23, 2007: 02
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-mail/courier-imap < 4.0.6-r2 >= 4.0.6-r2, < 4.0.0 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #168196


A vulnerability has been discovered in Courier-IMAP allowing for remote code execution with root privileges.

2.  Impact Information


Courier-IMAP is an IMAP server which is part of the Courier mail system. It provides access only to maildirs.


CJ Kucera has discovered that some Courier-IMAP scripts don't properly handle the XMAILDIR variable, allowing for shell command injection.


A remote attacker could send specially crafted login credentials to a Courier-IMAP server instance, possibly leading to remote code execution with root privileges.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Courier-IMAP users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-mail/courier-imap-4.0.6-r2"


Page updated April 22, 2007

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