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Debian: IMP SQL injection vulnerability Print E-mail
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Debian Using carefully crafted URLs a remote attacker is able to inject SQL code into SQL queries without proper user authentication.

Debian Security Advisory DSA 229-1                                        Martin Schulze
January 15th, 2003             

Package        : imp
Vulnerability  : SQL injection
Problem-Type   : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE Id         : CAN-2003-0025

Jouko Pynnonen discovered a probem with IMP, a web based IMAP mail
program.  Using carefully crafted URLs a remote attacker is able to
inject SQL code into SQL queries without proper user authentication.
Even though results of SQL queries aren't directly readable from the
screen, an attacker might. update his mail signature to contain wanted
query results and then view it on the preferences page of IMP.

The impact of SQL injection depends heavily on the underlying database
and its configuration.  If PostgreSQL is used, it's possible to
execute multiple complete SQL queries separated by semicolons.  The
database contains session id's so the attacker might hijack sessions
of people currently logged in and read their mail.  In the worst case,
if the hordemgr user has the required privilege to use the COPY SQL
command (found in PostgreSQL at least), a remote user may read or
write to any file the database user (postgres) can.  The attacker may
then be able to run arbitrary shell commands by writing them to the
postgres user's ~/.psqlrc; they'd be run when the user starts the psql
command which under some configurations happens regularly from a cron

For the current stable distribution (woody) this problem has been
fixed in version 2.2.6-5.1.

For the old stable distribution (potato) this problem has been
fixed in version 2.2.6-0.potato.5.1.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in
version 2.2.6-7.

We recommend that you upgrade your IMP packages.

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 2.2 alias potato

  Source archives:
      Size/MD5 checksum:      557 76665368f11feb7adce9796815821d04
      Size/MD5 checksum:    66837 18cfcbbc6eb09ed11085e84701cb1ffb

  Architecture independent components:
      Size/MD5 checksum:   410972 acf2cfbd75191cdcb68ec714b22d2adf

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody

  Source archives:
      Size/MD5 checksum:      638 8d877729002750b2962eff3b14294bb9
      Size/MD5 checksum:    95177 47ca6f61febbe839fc27f4e53f8fde8d

  Architecture independent components:
      Size/MD5 checksum:   426826 134e3d543d2d32f1fe9f84664a819dd0

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

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

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