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Computerworld: Linux/Unix E-mail Flaw Leaves Systems Open to Attack

Aug 31, 2005, 15:15 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Two serious security flaws have turned up in software widely distributed with Linux and Unix. The bugs affect Electronic Mail for Unix (Elm), a venerable e-mail client still used by many Linux and Unix systems administrators, and Mplayer, a cross-platform movie player that is one of the most popular of its kind on Linux.

"The Elm flaw involves a boundary error when the client reads an e-mail's 'Expires' header. A specially crafted e-mail could exploit the bug to cause a buffer overflow and execute malicious code on a system, according to security researchers..."

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