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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-2711

Original release date: 06/16/2008
Last revised: 03/07/2011


fetchmail 6.3.8 and earlier, when running in -v -v (aka verbose) mode, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and persistent mail failure) via a malformed mail message with long headers, which triggers an erroneous dereference when using vsnprintf to format log messages.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.3 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (09/09/2009)
This issue was addressed in fetchmail packages as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, and 5 via: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-1427.html

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External Source: XF
Name: fetchmail-logmessage-dos(43121)
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1860
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080729 rPSA-2008-0235-1 fetchmail fetchmailconf
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3438
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-5789
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1020298
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:117
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10950
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-5800
External Source: SLACKWARE
Name: SSA:2008-210-01
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20080613 CVE Id Request: fetchmail <= 6.3.8 DoS when logging long headers in -v -v mode
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.fetchmail.info/fetchmail-SA-2008-01.txt
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://issues.rpath.com/browse/RPL-2623
External Source: MISC
Name: https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=354291
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://wiki.rpath.com/wiki/Advisories:rPSA-2008-0235
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080617 fetchmail security announcement fetchmail-SA-2008-01 (CVE-2008-2711)
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2009-02-12
External Source: BID
Name: 29705
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-0422

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10950
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

Vulnerable software and versions

+ Configuration 1
+ OR
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc9
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.6:pre9
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.6:pre8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.6:pre4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.1.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.0.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.13
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.11
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.10
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.14
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.13
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.11
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.7.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.7.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.6.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.5.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.5.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.5.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.5.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.5.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.4.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.4.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.4.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.3.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.3.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.3.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.3.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.2.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.2.7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.2.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.2.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.2.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.2.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.1.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.1.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.0.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.7.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.9
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.6.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.8
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.7
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.5
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:4.5.1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.9.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.6:rc1
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.6:rc2
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.6:rc3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.9:rc10
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.2.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.1.3
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.6
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.7.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.8.17
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:5.4.0
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.8 and previous versions
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.6:rc4
* cpe:/a:fetchmail:fetchmail:6.3.6:rc5

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