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Evolution: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200806-06 / evolution
Release Date June 16, 2008
Latest Revision June 16, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
mail-client/evolution < 2.12.3-r2 >= 2.12.3-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #223963


Multiple vulnerabilities in Evolution may allow for user-assisted execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Evolution is the mail client of the GNOME desktop environment.


Alin Rad Pop (Secunia Research) reported two vulnerabilities in Evolution:

  • A boundary error exists when parsing overly long timezone strings contained within iCalendar attachments and when the ITip formatter is disabled (CVE-2008-1108).
  • A boundary error exists when replying to an iCalendar request with an overly long "DESCRIPTION" property while in calendar view (CVE-2008-1109).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted iCalendar attachment, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Evolution.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Evolution users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/evolution-2.12.3-r2"

4.  References


Page updated June 16, 2008

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