Ubuntu 10.04 LTS / 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : mutt vulnerability (USN-2440-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 80027


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


Jakub Wilk discovered that the write_one_header function in mutt did not properly handle newline characters at the beginning of a header.
An attacker could specially craft an email to cause mutt to crash, resulting in 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 mutt and / or mutt-patched packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 80027

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2440-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/12/15

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mutt, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mutt-patched, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:10.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/12/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-9116

BID: 71334

OSVDB: 115161

USN: 2440-1