Slackware: fetchmail
Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Slackware New fetchmail packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0, 9.1, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, and 11.0 to fix a security issue.
[slackware-security]  fetchmail (SSA:2007-024-01)

New fetchmail packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0, 9.1, 10.0,
10.1, 10.2, and 11.0 to fix a security issue.

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

Here are the details from the Slackware 11.0 ChangeLog:
  Upgraded to fetchmail-6.3.6.  This fixes two security issues.  First, a bug
  introduced in fetchmail-6.3.5 could cause fetchmail to crash.  However,
  no stable version of Slackware ever shipped fetchmail-6.3.5.  Second, a long
  standing bug (reported by Isaac Wilcox) could cause fetchmail to send a
  password in clear text or omit using TLS even when configured otherwise.
  All fetchmail users are encouraged to consider using getmail, or to upgrade
  to the new fetchmail packages.
  For more information, see:
  (* Security fix *)

Where to find the new packages:

HINT:  Getting slow download speeds from
Give a try.  This is another primary FTP site
for Slackware that can be considerably faster than downloading

Thanks to the friendly folks at the OSU Open Source Lab
( for donating additional FTP and rsync hosting
to the Slackware project!  :-)

Also see the "Get Slack" section on for
additional mirror sites near you.

Updated package for Slackware 8.1:

Updated package for Slackware 9.0:

Updated package for Slackware 9.1:

Updated package for Slackware 10.0:

Updated package for Slackware 10.1:

Updated package for Slackware 10.2:

Updated package for Slackware 11.0:

MD5 signatures:

Slackware 8.1 package:
134ddb9615befd410d01ce4f21a8de27  fetchmail-6.3.6-i386-1_slack8.1.tgz

Slackware 9.0 package:
c194dfa2d7b747240488a16a85f3130c  fetchmail-6.3.6-i386-1_slack9.0.tgz

Slackware 9.1 package:
f50a91e22ea16bb751f662e87676eee7  fetchmail-6.3.6-i486-1_slack9.1.tgz

Slackware 10.0 package:
6de04880cf23cf6f90fa848ec5d04c15  fetchmail-6.3.6-i486-1_slack10.0.tgz

Slackware 10.1 package:
b342ab7f593d95b5463edd98349aac50  fetchmail-6.3.6-i486-1_slack10.1.tgz

Slackware 10.2 package:
e64aeba7bb9b03814c1c97bc7bef478b  fetchmail-6.3.6-i486-1_slack10.2.tgz

Slackware 11.0 package:
cbb37cdf05946c799ec134389a051e91  fetchmail-6.3.6-i486-1_slack11.0.tgz

Installation instructions:

Upgrade the package as root:
# upgradepkg fetchmail-6.3.6-i486-1_slack11.0.tgz

If fetchmail is running in a daemon mode, restart it after upgrading.


Slackware Linux Security Team