Debian DSA-5494-1 : mutt - security update

medium Nessus Plugin ID 181212


The remote Debian host is missing one or more security-related updates.


The remote Debian 11 / 12 host has a package installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the dsa-5494 advisory.

- Null pointer dereference when viewing a specially crafted email in Mutt >1.5.2 <2.2.12 (CVE-2023-4874)

- Null pointer dereference when composing from a specially crafted draft message in Mutt >1.5.2 <2.2.12 (CVE-2023-4875)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade the mutt packages.

For the stable distribution (bookworm), these problems have been fixed in version 2.2.9-1+deb12u1.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 181212

File Name: debian_DSA-5494.nasl

Version: 1.1

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/11/2023

Updated: 9/25/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.6


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 5.8

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2023-4874


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.5

Temporal Score: 5.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:debian:debian_linux:mutt, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:11.0, cpe:/o:debian:debian_linux:12.0

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

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 9/10/2023

Vulnerability Publication Date: 9/9/2023

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2023-4874, CVE-2023-4875