GLSA 200701-13 Fetchmail: Denial of Service and password disclosure
Posted on: 01/23/2007 01:05 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Fetchmail: Denial of Service and password disclosure. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200701-13
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Fetchmail: Denial of Service and password disclosure
Date: January 22, 2007
Bugs: #160463
ID: 200701-13

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Synopsis
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Fetchmail has been found to have numerous vulnerabilities allowing for
Denial of Service and password disclosure.

Background
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Fetchmail is a remote mail retrieval and forwarding utility.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-mail/fetchmail lt; 6.3.6 gt;= 6.3.6

Description
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Neil Hoggarth has discovered that when delivering messages to a message
delivery agent by means of the "mda" option, Fetchmail passes a NULL
pointer to the ferror() and fflush() functions when refusing a message.
Isaac Wilcox has discovered numerous means of plain-text password
disclosure due to errors in secure connection establishment.

Impact
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An attacker could deliver a message via Fetchmail to a message delivery
agent configured to refuse the message, and crash the Fetchmail
process. SMTP and LMTP delivery modes are not affected by this
vulnerability. An attacker could also perform a Man-in-the-Middle
attack, and obtain plain-text authentication credentials of users
connecting to a Fetchmail process.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All fetchmail users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=net-mail/fetchmail-6.3.6"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-5867
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5867
[ 2 ] CVE-2006-5974
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5974

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200701-13.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2007 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5



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