Oracle Linux 4 / 5 / 6 : dovecot (ELSA-2011-1187)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2011:1187 :

Updated dovecot packages that fix one security issue are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, and 6.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having
moderate security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)
base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from
the CVE link in the References section.

Dovecot is an IMAP server for Linux, UNIX, and similar operating
systems, primarily written with security in mind.

A denial of service flaw was found in the way Dovecot handled NULL
characters in certain header names. A mail message with
specially-crafted headers could cause the Dovecot child process
handling the target user's connection to crash, blocking them from
downloading the message successfully and possibly leading to the
corruption of their mailbox. (CVE-2011-1929)

Users of dovecot are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain a backported patch to resolve this issue. After
installing the updated packages, the dovecot service will be restarted
automatically.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2011-August/002293.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2011-August/002295.html
https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2011-August/002294.html

Solution :

Update the affected dovecot packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 3.7
(CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : false

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 68330 ()

Bugtraq ID: 47930

CVE ID: CVE-2011-1929