Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS : procmail vulnerability (USN-2340-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 77555


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


Tavis Ormandy discovered that the formail tool incorrectly handled certain malformed mail headers. An attacker could use this flaw to cause formail to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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 procmail package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 77555

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2340-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/09/05

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.8

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:U/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:procmail, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/09/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-3618

BID: 69573

OSVDB: 110889

USN: 2340-1