GLSA-200509-10 : Mailutils: Format string vulnerability in imap4d

High Nessus Plugin ID 19742


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200509-10 (Mailutils: Format string vulnerability in imap4d)

The imap4d server contains a format string bug in the handling of IMAP SEARCH requests.
Impact :

An authenticated IMAP user could exploit the format string error in imap4d to execute arbitrary code as the imap4d user, which is usually root.
Workaround :

There are no known workarounds at this time.


All GNU Mailutils users should upgrade to the latest available version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-mail/mailutils-0.6-r2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19742

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200509-10.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/09/17

Modified: 2018/01/15

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:gentoo:linux:mailutils, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/09/17

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/09/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-2878

OSVDB: 19306

GLSA: 200509-10