RHEL 4 : spamassassin (RHSA-2006:0129)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 21032


The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.


An updated spamassassin package that fixes a denial of service flaw is now available.

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

SpamAssassin provides a way to reduce unsolicited commercial email (SPAM) from incoming email.

A denial of service bug was found in SpamAssassin. An attacker could construct a message in such a way that would cause SpamAssassin to crash. If a number of these messages are sent, it could lead to a denial of service, potentially preventing the delivery or filtering of email. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) assigned the name CVE-2005-3351 to this issue.

The following issues have also been fixed in this update :

* service spamassassin restart sometimes fails * Content Boundary '--' throws off message parser * sa-learn: massive memory usage on large messages * High memory usage with many newlines * service spamassassin messages not translated * Numerous other bug fixes that improve spam filter accuracy and safety

Users of SpamAssassin should upgrade to this updated package containing version 3.0.5, which is not vulnerable to these issues.


Update the affected spamassassin package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 21032

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2006-0129.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/03/08

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:spamassassin, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/03/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/08/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-3351

OSVDB: 20703

RHSA: 2006:0129