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Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: sendmail

Sep 18, 2003, 15:57 (0 Talkback[s])

Debian Security Advisory DSA 384-1 security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Matt Zimmerman
September 17th, 2003 http://www.debian.org/security/faq

Package : sendmail
Vulnerability : buffer overflows
Problem-Type : remote
Debian-specific : no
CVE Ids : CAN-2003-0681 CAN-2003-0694

Two vulnerabilities were reported in sendmail.

  • CAN-2003-0681

A "potential buffer overflow in ruleset parsing" for Sendmail 8.12.9, when using the nonstandard rulesets (1) recipient (2), final, or (3) mailer-specific envelope recipients, has unknown consequences.

  • CAN-2003-0694

The prescan function in Sendmail 8.12.9 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via buffer overflow attacks, as demonstrated using the parseaddr function in parseaddr.c.

For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in sendmail version 8.12.3-6.6 and sendmail-wide version 8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in sendmail version 8.12.10-1.

We recommend that you update your sendmail package.

Upgrade Instructions


wget url

will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb

will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for sources.list as given below:

apt-get update

will update the internal database apt-get upgrade

will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody


Source archives:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 751 a7d0da0bedbe35592233cb9ce710f551
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 255026 5a86a93275a55af8c92677469c4a8cd3
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 1840401 b198b346b10b3b5afc8cb4e12c07ff4d
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 738 cc23a68bcf23332d560086c3c55cd16a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 327218 7f2fc2d0efe7935713b2d77dec66359c
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 1870451 4c7036e8042bae10a90da4a84a717963

Architecture independent components:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail-doc_8.12.3-6.6_all.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 747778 9c4362147654d4f28d8346fa4ad84ed0

Alpha architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 267842 4f53274558b9e29ca341721a68fb4adc
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1109340 78cb6eb6b340e5dc52982889532a844a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 440712 b22b97caba3652ef2a7d9f35633e3040

ARM architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 247568 ac8f0778eb56f7c0a852fdc54ef071b1
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 979454 6b9898686e6361abe657c5fd75d962c5
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 369568 3baf5caa46b2c9d0b67c6d60f47d8030

Intel IA-32 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 237374 0662e6e9bb58db37a1d8f511e4ba2fce
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 917848 3717265bb7ed3f5bd81fb9a712826cec
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 328914 23af5c312cef6a53f000f4663980b11d

Intel IA-64 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 282028 a35b9ca4cfc7a1c1ec6bdb1f2e00d8bb
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1332734 9f4ae78c3aa4644366e7e3f4bb787096
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 575024 9e4283bf8427361959efc71fa10b47db

HP Precision architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 261692 a91642fb4a90687c7d318342cac40b81
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1081070 f8359f91edc1a1587de9ef3fee05e48a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 413758 f7ebfefbe7bc3a212a0233531969d6ce

Motorola 680x0 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 231156 5a6f6c5597d65c625a8f93bca3ba91c7
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 865868 3f8e05c30f67a10b3148868b884b181a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 300824 fcfe51748953a3cbec6b67ec6b59c815

Big endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 255192 f6e277fc5dd3aad2471224cd5a93d8b2
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1022140 9ffa270d18fcff47eb50a379abf83423
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 378446 3eb569322bf2ca44efad2e619ac60e09

Little endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 254886 1671ae782111b31689db3cdcc8a685ca
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 1022564 2c6d07a51a6799b3adf0465708ea965a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 380428 af4eb3885b34141ac8ca280d9588c236

PowerPC architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 257296 6327996cfa6ba83133ca891e9ee7e06b
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 978630 a328cc8608dfe496bacb51984a813eff
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 363018 a7310a71887232474be479fdc0dc8846

IBM S/390 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 242622 86d18643513d01467640277260d5faf4
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 966352 db7b4c5516759dde0c244f87394e206a
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 354934 7d9e5afceef87330409cc68a284e0b99

Sun Sparc architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/libmilter-dev_8.12.3-6.6_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 245326 d2c2c75a72bb25db831cf200aaa84ae2
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail/sendmail_8.12.3-6.6_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 982550 7e755b31bb2b0db5aa82ca5f516ac46d
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/sendmail-wide/sendmail-wide_8.12.3+3.5Wbeta-5.5_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 356148 c330e1560c9b37e25dd73947fe6fbc22

These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on its next revision.


For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and http://packages.debian.org/<pkg>