Ubuntu 5.04 / 5.10 / 6.06 LTS : mutt vulnerability (USN-307-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 27882


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


TAKAHASHI Tamotsu discovered that mutt's IMAP backend did not sufficiently check the validity of namespace strings. If an user connects to a malicious IMAP server, that server could exploit this to crash mutt or even execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the mutt user.

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 mutt package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 27882

File Name: ubuntu_USN-307-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mutt, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:5.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/06/28

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/06/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-3242

OSVDB: 26814

USN: 307-1