GLSA 200803-12 Evolution: Format string vulnerability
Posted on: 03/05/2008 11:45 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - Evolution: Format string vulnerability. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200803-12
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Evolution: Format string vulnerability
Date: March 05, 2008
Bugs: #212272
ID: 200803-12

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Synopsis
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A format string error has been discovered in Evolution, possibly
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

Background
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Evolution is a GNOME groupware application.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 mail-client/evolution lt; 2.12.3-r1 gt;= 2.12.3-r1

Description
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Ulf Harnhammar from Secunia Research discovered a format string error
in the emf_multipart_encrypted() function in the file mail/em-format.c
when reading certain data (e.g. the "Version:" field) from an encrypted
e-mail.

Impact
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A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted
encrypted e-mail, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user running Evolution.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Evolution users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=mail-client/evolution-2.12.3-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-0072
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0072

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-200803-12.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 2008 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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