GLSA-200603-16 : Metamail: Buffer overflow

High Nessus Plugin ID 21097


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200603-16 (Metamail: Buffer overflow)

Ulf Harnhammar discovered a buffer overflow in Metamail when processing mime boundaries.
Impact :

By sending a specially crafted email, attackers could potentially exploit this vulnerability to crash Metamail or to execute arbitrary code.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Metamail users should update to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-mail/metamail-'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 21097

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200603-16.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/03/18

Modified: 2015/04/13

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:metamail, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/03/17

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/02/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-0709

OSVDB: 23159

GLSA: 200603-16