RHEL 2.1 / 3 / 4 : fetchmail (RHSA-2007:0018)

High Nessus Plugin ID 24316


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated fetchmail packages that fix two security issues are now available.

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

Fetchmail is a remote mail retrieval and forwarding utility.

A denial of service flaw was found when Fetchmail was run in multidrop mode. A malicious mail server could send a message without headers which would cause Fetchmail to crash (CVE-2005-4348). This issue did not affect the version of Fetchmail shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 or 3.

A flaw was found in the way Fetchmail used TLS encryption to connect to remote hosts. Fetchmail provided no way to enforce the use of TLS encryption and would not authenticate POP3 protocol connections properly (CVE-2006-5867). This update corrects this issue by enforcing TLS encryption when the 'sslproto' configuration directive is set to 'tls1'.

Users of Fetchmail should update to these packages, which contain backported patches to correct these issues.

Note: This update may break configurations which assumed that Fetchmail would use plain-text authentication if TLS encryption is not supported by the POP3 server even if the 'sslproto' directive is set to 'tls1'. If you are using a custom configuration that depended on this behavior you will need to modify your configuration appropriately after installing this update.


Update the affected fetchmail and / or fetchmailconf packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 24316

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2007-0018.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/02/09

Modified: 2016/12/29

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:fetchmail, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:fetchmailconf, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:2.1, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Patch Publication Date: 2007/01/31

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/12/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-4348, CVE-2006-5867

BID: 15987, 21903

OSVDB: 21906, 31580

RHSA: 2007:0018