Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 6.10 : dovecot vulnerability (USN-387-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 27970


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


Dovecot was discovered to have an error when handling its index cache files. This error could be exploited by authenticated POP and IMAP users to cause a crash of the Dovecot server, or possibly to execute arbitrary code. Only servers using the non-default option 'mmap_disable=yes' were vulnerable.

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 dovecot-common, dovecot-imapd and / or dovecot-pop3d packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 27970

File Name: ubuntu_USN-387-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2007/11/10

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dovecot-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dovecot-imapd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dovecot-pop3d, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/11/28

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/11/18

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-5973

OSVDB: 30524

USN: 387-1