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Fetchmail: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201006-12 / fetchmail
Release Date June 01, 2010
Latest Revision June 01, 2010: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-mail/fetchmail < 6.3.14 >= 6.3.14 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #280537, #307761


Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Fetchmail, allowing remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or to conduct Man-in-the-Middle attacks.

2.  Impact Information


Fetchmail is a remote mail retrieval and forwarding utility.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been reported in Fetchmail:

  • The sdump() function might trigger a heap-based buffer overflow during the escaping of non-printable characters with the high bit set from an X.509 certificate (CVE-2010-0562).
  • The vendor reported that Fetchmail does not properly handle Common Name (CN) fields in X.509 certificates that contain an ASCII NUL character. Specifically, the processing of such fields is stopped at the first occurrence of a NUL character. This type of vulnerability was recently discovered by Dan Kaminsky and Moxie Marlinspike (CVE-2009-2666).


A remote attacker could entice a user to connect with Fetchmail to a specially crafted SSL-enabled server in verbose mode, possibly resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. NOTE: The issue is only existent on platforms on which char is signed.

Furthermore, a remote attacker might employ a specially crafted X.509 certificate, containing a NUL character in the Common Name field to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks on SSL connections made using Fetchmail.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Fetchmail users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-mail/fetchmail-6.3.14"

4.  References


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