Debian DSA-278-1 : sendmail - char-to-int conversion

Critical Nessus Plugin ID 15115


The remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.


Michal Zalewski discovered a buffer overflow, triggered by a char to int conversion, in the address parsing code in sendmail, a widely used powerful, efficient, and scalable mail transport agent. This problem is potentially remotely exploitable.


Upgrade the sendmail packages.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 8.12.3-6.3.

For the old stable distribution (potato) this problem has been fixed in version 8.9.3-26.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 15115

File Name: debian_DSA-278.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/09/29

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Critical

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 7.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:sendmail, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:2.2, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:3.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Debian/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2003/04/04

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2003/03/29

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0161

BID: 7230

CERT: 897604

DSA: 278