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Gentoo Secure Linux Advisory: MailTools

Nov 06, 2002, 21:36 (0 Talkback[s])

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GENTOO LINUX SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT 200211-001
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PACKAGE : MailTools
SUMMARY : remote command execution
DATE    : 2002-11-06 14:11 UTC
EXPLOIT : remote

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The SuSE Security Team reviewed critical Perl modules, including the
Mail::Mailer package. This package contains a security hole which allows
remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands in certain circumstances.
This is due to the usage of mailx as default mailer which allows commands
to be embedded in the mail body.
Vulnerable to this attack are custom auto reply programs or spam filters
which use Mail::Mailer directly or indirectly.

SOLUTION

It is recommended that all Gentoo Linux users who are running
dev-perl/MailTools-1.44-r1 and earlier update their systems as follows:

emerge rsync
emerge MailTools
emerge clean

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