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Debian Security Advisory DSA 501-1 Martin Schulze
May 7th, 2004

Package : exim
Vulnerability : buffer overflow
Problem-Type : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID : CAN-2004-0399 CAN-2004-0400

Georgi Guninski discovered two stack-based buffer overflows. They can not be exploited with the default configuration from the Debian system, though. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project identifies the following problems that are fixed with this update:


When "sender_verify = true" is configured in exim.conf a buffer overflow can happen during verification of the sender. This problem is fixed in exim 4.


When headers_check_syntax is configured in exim.conf a buffer overflow can happen during the header check. This problem does also exist in exim 4.

For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in version 3.35-1woody3.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in version 3.36-11 for exim 3 and in version 4.33-1 for exim 4.

We recommend that you upgrade your exim 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:
Size/MD5 checksum: 661 e767f668a95b78cca9dba7fb4ce760bf
Size/MD5 checksum: 79871 2ef6717425496214ecfafe7b6e82c29e
Size/MD5 checksum: 1271057 42d362e40a21bd7ffc298f92c8bd986a

Alpha architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 872738 8d33c534e9ae9f3c3059ab864718723f
Size/MD5 checksum: 52318 6dccca9aa1250e21090edcb1ced71a23

ARM architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 785850 eade1411b6f3981666b20d928baddbd3
Size/MD5 checksum: 43510 343209898cacb74b996f1f1c806c9eb0

Intel IA-32 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 759120 6c1bb45f104289d16c4953f3fa002647
Size/MD5 checksum: 39204 85888c214b87beab7c1d463019f83c79

Intel IA-64 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 972696 92253bac406c929d2d596d30280cc261
Size/MD5 checksum: 65160 0fc46a9b2944719485ac96ee542ca6fc

HP Precision architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 815190 51165bfd509b5d7152da7d5b4f0815f8
Size/MD5 checksum: 48290 33e32bc6f3cac414afb0551be17dabdf

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 737874 b968ffb89b0af430175d068ce6719082
Size/MD5 checksum: 37766 fa9af0e2665b06a6ce6d50d7c43c81ec

Big endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 824330 bdef4c910b9724b47621e7e777705cda
Size/MD5 checksum: 48870 c9910ec5e98cd5d64ef78bfc0cac26ed

Little endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 824568 357c3ab0a559de31f3ad6a42feeb05c0
Size/MD5 checksum: 48764 942b08935d4d7dcefea8e1c0442a5b38

PowerPC architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 794118 0b290ba1b588e39031227a41e746e51e
Size/MD5 checksum: 44784 68e851b7f9fd2b536e8e9d005eca793b

IBM S/390 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 779958 9c37ead04c624e77a916183d50708580
Size/MD5 checksum: 43924 60acc08945291c505f5a97eb9642661e

Sun Sparc architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 785186 33bf446912335ff62209f46dc018e01f
Size/MD5 checksum: 42438 d15a79f0ca33c98ad58f8d5d16bcabf6

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

For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list:
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and<pkg>