Scientific Linux Security Update : fetchmail on SL3.x, SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60662


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


CVE-2007-4565 Fetchmail NULL pointer dereference

CVE-2008-2711 fetchmail: Crash in large log messages in verbose mode

CVE-2009-2666 fetchmail: SSL null terminator bypass

It was discovered that fetchmail is affected by the previously published 'null prefix attack', caused by incorrect handling of NULL characters in X.509 certificates. If an attacker is able to get a carefully-crafted certificate signed by a trusted Certificate Authority, the attacker could use the certificate during a man-in-the-middle attack and potentially confuse fetchmail into accepting it by mistake. (CVE-2009-2666)

A flaw was found in the way fetchmail handles rejections from a remote SMTP server when sending warning mail to the postmaster. If fetchmail sent a warning mail to the postmaster of an SMTP server and that SMTP server rejected it, fetchmail could crash. (CVE-2007-4565)

A flaw was found in fetchmail. When fetchmail is run in double verbose mode ('-v -v'), it could crash upon receiving certain, malformed mail messages with long headers. A remote attacker could use this flaw to cause a denial of service if fetchmail was also running in daemon mode ('-d'). (CVE-2008-2711)

If fetchmail is running in daemon mode, it must be restarted for this update to take effect (use the 'fetchmail --quit' command to stop the fetchmail process).


Update the affected fetchmail package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60662

File Name: sl_20090908_fetchmail_on_SL3_x.nasl

Version: 1.3

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Updated: 2019/01/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.4

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/09/08

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4565, CVE-2008-2711, CVE-2009-2666

CWE: 20, 310