SynopsisThe remote Debian host is missing a security-related update.
DescriptionIt was discovered that bsd-mailx, an implementation of the 'mail' command, had an undocumented feature which treats syntactically valid email addresses as shell commands to execute.
Users who need this feature can re-enable it using the 'expandaddr' in an appropriate mailrc file. This update also removes the obsolete-T option. An older security vulnerability, CVE-2004-2771, had already been addressed in the Debian's bsd-mailx package.
Note that this security update does not remove all mailx facilities for command execution, though. Scripts which send mail to addresses obtained from an untrusted source (such as a web form) should use the-- separator before the email addresses (which was fixed to work properly in this update), or they should be changed to invokemail -t or sendmail -i -t instead, passing the recipient addresses as part of the mail header.
SolutionUpgrade the bsd-mailx packages.
For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in version 8.1.2-0.20111106cvs-1+deb7u1.