Ubuntu 8.10 : dovecot vulnerability (USN-666-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 37538


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


It was discovered that certain email headers were not correctly handled by Dovecot. If a remote attacker sent a specially crafted email to a user with a mailbox managed by Dovecot, that user's mailbox would become inaccessible through Dovecot, leading to a denial of service.

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 packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 37538

File Name: ubuntu_USN-666-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/05/27

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/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-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dovecot-imapd, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:dovecot-pop3d, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4907

USN: 666-1

CWE: 20