RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 : fetchmail (RHSA-2005:640)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 19297


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated fetchmail packages that fix a security flaw are now available.

This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Fetchmail is a remote mail retrieval and forwarding utility.

A buffer overflow was discovered in fetchmail's POP3 client. A malicious server could cause send a carefully crafted message UID and cause fetchmail to crash or potentially execute arbitrary code as the user running fetchmail. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project assigned the name CVE-2005-2335 to this issue.

Users of fetchmail should update to this erratum package which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected fetchmail and / or fetchmailconf packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 19297

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2005-640.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.18 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/07/25

Modified: 2016/12/28

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:fetchmail, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:fetchmailconf, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/07/25

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/07/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2335

BID: 14349

OSVDB: 18174

RHSA: 2005:640