OpenPKG Information for VU#897604
Sendmail address parsing buffer overflow
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- Date Updated: 01 Apr 2003
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OpenPKG Security Advisory The OpenPKG Project
Vulnerability: remote root exploit
OpenPKG Specific: no
Affected Releases: Affected Packages: Corrected Packages:
OpenPKG CURRENT <= sendmail-8.12.8-20030328 >= sendmail-8.12.9-20030329
OpenPKG 1.2 <= sendmail-8.12.7-1.2.1 >= sendmail-8.12.7-1.2.2
OpenPKG 1.1 none N.A.
Dependent Packages: none
Michal Zalewski discovered  a confirmed  buffer overflow
vulnerability in all version of the Sendmail  MTA earlier than
8.12.9. The mail address parser performs insufficient bounds checking
in certain conditions due to a "char" to "int" data type conversion,
making it possible for an attacker to take control of the application.
Attackers may remotely exploit this vulnerability to gain "root"
access of any vulnerable Sendmail server. The Common Vulnerabilities
and Exposures (CVE) project assigned the id CAN-2003-0161  to the
Please check whether you are affected by running "<prefix>/bin/rpm
-q sendmail". If you have the "sendmail" package installed and its
version is affected (see above), we recommend that you immediately
upgrade it (see Solution). 
Select the updated source RPM appropriate for your OpenPKG release
, fetch it from the OpenPKG FTP service  or a mirror location,
verify its integrity , build a corresponding binary RPM from it 
and update your OpenPKG installation by applying the binary RPM .
For the current release OpenPKG 1.2, perform the following operations
to permanently fix the security problem (for other releases adjust
$ ftp ftp.openpkg.org
ftp> cd release/1.2/UPD
ftp> get sendmail-8.12.7-1.2.2.src.rpm
$ <prefix>/bin/rpm -v --checksig sendmail-8.12.7-1.2.2.src.rpm
$ <prefix>/bin/rpm --rebuild sendmail-8.12.7-1.2.2.src.rpm
$ su -
# <prefix>/bin/rpm -Fvh <prefix>/RPM/PKG/sendmail-8.12.7-1.2.2.*.rpm
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