USN-76-1: Emacs vulnerability
Posted on: 02/07/2005 03:05 PM

An Emacs security update has been released for Ubuntu Linux 4.10

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-76-1 February 07, 2005
emacs21 vulnerability

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases:

Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog)

The following packages are affected:


The problem can be corrected by upgrading the affected package to version 21.3+1-5ubuntu4.2. In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.

Details follow:

Max Vozeler discovered a format string vulnerability in the "movemail" utility of Emacs. By sending specially crafted packets, a malicious POP3 server could cause a buffer overflow, which could have been exploited to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user and the "mail" group (since "movemail" is installed as "setgid mail").

Source archives:
Size/MD5: 220180 bc57787061b02474dfd803ddbc08e771
Size/MD5: 801 f9c6262e8114deeba4430fee03cb7847
Size/MD5: 18112871 83259d856459b473bf7fb6b6cfead0d2

Architecture independent packages:
Size/MD5: 10984378 550a747169ae12ba65f568379137dccb
Size/MD5: 7149862 b01a5203171f92f03b55c67fcf52dc67

amd64 architecture (Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon)
Size/MD5: 148576 4c04484d1dead472dff48afa013bd749
Size/MD5: 1940154 e05b39ee168bb8480b178cf9e953bdb2
Size/MD5: 2158448 c166427b672d77108eb951019b7e3d72

i386 architecture (x86 compatible Intel/AMD)
Size/MD5: 131160 07d9fe77aa1807cf6fe0d4eeb1fe8838
Size/MD5: 1794792 c2795d591670c1c7db8fc57088840935
Size/MD5: 1978432 f5085f2d945c08dc5230cecde8236946

powerpc architecture (Apple Macintosh G3/G4/G5)
Size/MD5: 144576 16a77927200e2ae8eb01b7c78062a38e
Size/MD5: 1881976 c48d5ce477a7092e7518a446f77caab5
Size/MD5: 2087044 8d32d0c234217ac394b89066b0669934

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