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SquirrelMail may allow execution of arbitrary code

Vulnerability Note VU#203214

Original Release Date: 2005-02-09 | Last Revised: 2005-02-09

Overview

SquirrelMail 1.2.6 may allow remote execution of arbitrary code via URL manipulation.

Description

From the SquirrelMail webpage:

SquirrelMail is a standards-based webmail package written in PHP4. It includes built-in pure PHP support for the IMAP and SMTP protocols, and all pages render in pure HTML 4.0 (with no JavaScript required) for maximum compatibility across browsers. It has very few requirements and is very easy to configure and install. SquirrelMail has all the functionality you would want from an email client, including strong MIME support, address books, and folder manipulation.

SquirrelMail 1.2.6 contains an input-handling flaw that may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

Impact

Remote attackers could execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges as the SquirrelMail CGI user, typically www-data or similar.

Solution

Apply an update
Information for obtaining updates may be found in the "Vendor" section of this note. Users may also visit the SquirrelMail web site for additional information concerning updates.

Note: SquirrelMail 1.2.6 is the only version affected and is from the previous stable release series. The current 1.4.x branch is not affected.

Vendor Information

203214
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Debian

Notified:  February 01, 2005 Updated:  February 09, 2005

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Debian Security Advisory DSA-622-1 contains the latest information regarding updates and fixes for this flaw.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

US-CERT has no additional comments at this time.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

SquirrelMail Project Team

Notified:  February 01, 2005 Updated:  February 09, 2005

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Updates for SquirrelMail are available at the SquirrelMail web site.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the Debian Project for reporting this vulnerability, who in turn credit Grant Hollingworth with its discovery.

This document was written by Ken MacInnis based primarily on information provided by the Debian Project and the SquirrelMail team.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2005-0152
Severity Metric: 7.80
Date Public: 2005-02-01
Date First Published: 2005-02-09
Date Last Updated: 2005-02-09 20:17 UTC
Document Revision: 6

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