RHEL 3 : spamassassin (RHSA-2004:451)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 15411


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated spamassassin package that fixes a denial of service bug when parsing malformed messages is now available.

SpamAssassin provides a way to reduce unsolicited commercial email (SPAM) from incoming email.

A denial of service bug has been found in SpamAssassin versions below 2.64. A malicious attacker could construct a message in such a way that would cause spamassassin to stop responding, potentially preventing the delivery or filtering of email. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-0796 to this issue.

Users of SpamAssassin should update to these updated packages which contain a backported patch and is not vulnerable to this issue.


Update the affected spamassassin package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 15411

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2004-451.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.20 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2004/10/02

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spamassassin, 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: 2004/09/30

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/08/05

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0796

OSVDB: 8343

RHSA: 2004:451