Slackware: mutt Buffer overflow vulnerability
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
Slackware Upgrade to version 1.4.2i to fix a buffer overflow that could lead to a machine compromise.

[slackware-security]  mutt security update (SSA:2004-043-01)

Mutt is a text-based program for reading electronic mail.

New mutt packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0, 9.1,
and -current.  These have been upgraded to version 1.4.2i to
fix a buffer overflow that could lead to a machine compromise.
All sites using mutt should upgrade to the new mutt package.

More details about this issue may be found in the Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database:

   http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0078


Here are the details from the Slackware 9.1 ChangeLog:
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Thu Feb 12 10:00:37 PST 2004
patches/packages/mutt-1.4.2i-i486-1.tgz:  Upgraded to mutt-1.4.2i.
  This fixes an overflow that is a potential security hole.  Here's the
  information from www.mutt.org:
    "Mutt 1.4.2 was released on February 11, 2004. This version fixes a buffer
     overflow that can be triggered by incoming messages.  There are reports
     about spam that has actually triggered this problem and crashed mutt. It
     is recommended that users of mutt versions prior to 1.4.2 upgrade to this
     version, or apply the patch included below."
  (* Security fix *)
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WHERE TO FIND THE NEW PACKAGE:
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Updated package for Slackware 8.1: 
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-8.1/patches/packages/mutt-1.4.2i-i386-1.tgz

Updated package for Slackware 9.0: 
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-9.0/patches/packages/mutt-1.4.2i-i386-1.tgz

Updated package for Slackware 9.1: 
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-9.1/patches/packages/mutt-1.4.2i-i486-1.tgz

Updated package for Slackware -current: 
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-current/slackware/n/mutt-1.4.2i-i486-1.tgz


MD5 SIGNATURES:
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Slackware 8.1 package:
6250fb75363a53d2286721c48d621698  mutt-1.4.2i-i386-1.tgz

Slackware 9.0 package:
47baa04aa5a84862e682cac9232b9c91  mutt-1.4.2i-i386-1.tgz

Slackware 9.1 package:
86a9330a2e9a0dcc9e34fce1ec6365e1  mutt-1.4.2i-i486-1.tgz

Slackware -current package:
e3e397cba66b0c278d74dc31cec3c96d  mutt-1.4.2i-i486-1.tgz


INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:
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Upgrade the mutt package with upgradepkg:

# upgradepkg mutt-1.4.2i-i486-1.tgz


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