Debian: 'mailx' buffer overflow
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Debian The mail program (a simple tool to read and send email) as distributed with Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 has a buffer overflow in the input parsing code.

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-044-1                   security@debian.org 
http://www.debian.org/security/                         Wichert Akkerman
March 13, 2001
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Package        : mailx
Problem type   : buffer overflow
Debian-specific: no

The mail program (a simple tool to read and send email) as
distributed with Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 has a buffer overflow in the
input parsing code. Since mail is installed setgid mail by default
this allowed local users to use it to gain access to mail group.

Since the mail code was never written to be secure fixing it
properly would mean a large rewrite. Instead of doing this we
decided to no longer install it setgid. This means that it can no
longer lock your mailbox properly on systems for which you need
group mail to write to the mailspool, but it will still work for
sending email.

This has been fixed in mailx version 8.1.1-10.1.5. If you have
suidmanager installed you can also make this manually with the
following command:

     suidregister /usr/bin/mail root root 0755


wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.


Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
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  Potato was released for alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc.

  Source archives:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5.diff.gz
      MD5 checksum: bfc7cf2139819cb25750cddc4c939931
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5.dsc
      MD5 checksum: 564992494f775638eeae0bc3427c513a
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/mailx_8.1.1.orig.tar.gz
      MD5 checksum: c779002cb043b57fd5198ec2032cacb0

  Alpha architecture:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5_alpha.deb
      MD5 checksum: 37edc09cfe3c96994dfeff42c42fe9b2

  ARM architecture:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-arm/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5_arm.deb
      MD5 checksum: 8c50598bb486d62ad312730083e674f1

  Intel ia32 architecture:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5_i386.deb
      MD5 checksum: 18d30b35676fa9887a626c46909c9d9d

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5_m68k.deb
      MD5 checksum: 86ef8e4cf85e1634096ba52ed1f10987

  PowerPC architecture:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5_powerpc.deb
      MD5 checksum: 97ec939047cdb7025095701df840838e

  Sun Sparc architecture:
     http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/mailx_8.1.1-10.1.5_sparc.deb
      MD5 checksum: 7b22c952196f2e604558d4b12ef23932

  These files will be moved into
   ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/*/binary-$arch/ soon.

For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate
directory  ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sid/binary-$arch/ .

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