RHEL 3 : mutt (RHSA-2004:050)

High Nessus Plugin ID 12461


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


New mutt packages that fix a remotely-triggerable crash in the menu drawing code are now available.

Mutt is a text-mode mail user agent.

A bug was found in the index menu code in versions of mutt. A remote attacker could send a carefully crafted mail message that can cause mutt to segfault and possibly execute arbitrary code as the victim.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0078 to this issue.

It is recommended that all mutt users upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported security patch and are not vulnerable to this issue.

Red Hat would like to thank Niels Heinen for reporting this issue.

Note: mutt- in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 is not vulnerable to this issue.


Update the affected mutt package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 12461

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-050.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/07/06

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:mutt, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Patch Publication Date: 2004/02/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0078

RHSA: 2004:050