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Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: getmail

Sep 27, 2004, 15:14 (0 Talkback[s])

Debian Security Advisory DSA 553-1 security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Martin Schulze
September 27th, 2004 http://www.debian.org/security/faq

Package : getmail
Vulnerability : symlink vulnerability
Problem-Type : local
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID : CAN-2004-0880 CAN-2004-0881
Debian Bug : 272561

A security problem has been discovered in getmail, a POP3 and APOP mail gatherer and forwarder. An attacker with a shell account on the victims host could utilise getmail to overwrite arbitrary files when it is running as root.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 2.3.7-2.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in version 3.2.5-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your getmail 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: 583 6263f8d2d75ec3eb21dd302e0b9d6729
Size/MD5 checksum: 2645 ff40d8f72744bfec8a963ece950e0bcd
Size/MD5 checksum: 70944 4eef6be77a4cbe1a86eef75affd31b05

Architecture independent components:

Size/MD5 checksum: 74388 f2b9e79b1ddd8ef8bf719d4e1894f051

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

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>