RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : mutt (RHSA-2007:0386)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

An updated mutt package that fixes several security bugs is now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 and 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

Mutt is a text-mode mail user agent.

A flaw was found in the way Mutt used temporary files on NFS file
systems. Due to an implementation issue in the NFS protocol, Mutt was
not able to exclusively open a new file. A local attacker could
conduct a time-dependent attack and possibly gain access to e-mail
attachments opened by a victim. (CVE-2006-5297)

A flaw was found in the way Mutt processed certain APOP authentication
requests. By sending certain responses when mutt attempted to
authenticate against an APOP server, a remote attacker could
potentially acquire certain portions of a user's authentication
credentials. (CVE-2007-1558)

A flaw was found in the way Mutt handled certain characters in gecos
fields which could lead to a buffer overflow. The gecos field is an
entry in the password database typically used to record general
information about the user. A local attacker could give themselves a
carefully crafted 'Real Name' which could execute arbitrary code if a
victim uses Mutt and expands the attackers alias. (CVE-2007-2683)

All users of mutt should upgrade to this updated package, which
contains a backported patches to correct these issues.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2006-5297.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2007-1558.html
https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2007-2683.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2007-0386.html

Solution :

Update the affected mutt package.

Risk factor :

Low / CVSS Base Score : 3.5
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:H/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 25404 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2006-5297
CVE-2007-1558
CVE-2007-2683