Ubuntu 4.10 / 5.04 : evolution vulnerabilities (USN-166-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20572


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


Ulf Harnhammar disovered several format string vulnerabilities in Evolution. By tricking an user into viewing a specially crafted vCard attached to an email, specially crafted contact data from an LDAP server, specially crafted task lists from remote servers, or saving Calendar entries with this malicious task list data, it was possible for an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running Evolution.

In addition, this update fixes a Denial of Service vulnerability in the mail attachment parser. This could be exploited to crash Evolution by tricking an user into opening a malicious email with a specially crafted attachment file name. This does only affect the Ubuntu 4.10 version, the Evolution package shipped with Ubuntu 5.04 is not affected. (CAN-2005-0806).

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 20572

File Name: ubuntu_USN-166-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/27

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:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evolution, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evolution-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evolution1.5, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:evolution1.5-dev, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2005/08/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0806

BID: 14532

USN: 166-1