Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : metamail (MDKSA-2006:047)

High Nessus Plugin ID 20981


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


Ulf Harnhammar discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in the way that metamail handles certain mail messages. An attacker could create a carefully-crafted message that, when parsed via metamail, could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running metamail.

The updated packages have been patched to address this issue.


Update the affected metamail package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 20981

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2006-047.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/02/27

Modified: 2015/03/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:U/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:metamail, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:10.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2006, x-cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:le2005

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2006/02/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-0709

BID: 16611

MDKSA: 2006:047