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fetchmail security announcement fetchmail-SA-2007-02 (CVE-2007-4565)
fetchmail security announcement fetchmail-SA-2007-02 (CVE-2007-4565)
fetchmail security announcement fetchmail-SA-2007-02 (CVE-2007-4565)

fetchmail-SA-2007-02: Crash when a local warning message is rejected

Topics:		Crash when a fetchmail-generated warning message is rejected

Author:		Matthias Andree
Version:	1.1
Announced:	2007-08-28
Type:		NULL pointer dereference trigged by outside circumstances
Impact:		denial of service possible
Danger:		low
CVSS V2 vector: (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C/E:?/RL:O/RC:C)
Credits:	Earl Chew
CVE Name:	CVE-2007-4565
URL:		http://www.fetchmail.info/fetchmail-SA-2007-02.txt 
Project URL:	http://www.fetchmail.info/ 

Affects:	fetchmail release < 6.3.9 exclusively

Not affected:	fetchmail release 6.3.9 and newer
		fetchmail releases < 4.6.8 exclusively

Corrected:	2007-07-29 fetchmail SVN (rev 5119)

0. Release history
2007-07-29 1.0	first draft for MITRE/CVE (visible in SVN)
2007-08-28 1.1	reworked, added fix, official release

1. Background
fetchmail is a software package to retrieve mail from remote POP2, POP3,
IMAP, ETRN or ODMR servers and forward it to local SMTP, LMTP servers or
message delivery agents.

fetchmail ships with a graphical, Python/Tkinter based configuration
utility named "fetchmailconf" to help the user create configuration (run
control) files for fetchmail.

2. Problem description and Impact
fetchmail will generate warning messages in certain circumstances and 
send them to the local postmaster or the user starting it. Such warning 
messages can be generated, for instance, if logging into an upstream 
server fails repeatedly or if messages beyond the size limit (if 
configured, default: no limit) are left on the server.

If this warning message is then refused by the SMTP listener that 
fetchmail is forwarding the message to, fetchmail attempts to 
dereference a NULL pointer when trying to find out if it should allow a 
bounce message to be sent.

This causes fetchmail to crash and not collect further messages until it 
is restarted.

Risk assessment: low. In default configuration, fetchmail will talk 
through the loopback interface, that means to the SMTP server on the same 
computer as it is running on. Otherwise, it will commonly be configured 
to talk to trusted SMTP servers, so a compromise or misconfiguration of 
a trusted or the same computer is required to exploit this problem - 
which usually opens up much easier ways of denying service, or worse.

3. Solution
There are two alternatives, either of them by itself is sufficient:

a. Apply the patch found in section B of this announcement to fetchmail 6.3.8,
   recompile and reinstall it.

b. Install fetchmail 6.3.9 or newer when it becomes available.  The 
   fetchmail source code is available from 

Note there are no workarounds presented here since all known workarounds 
are more intrusive than the actual solution.

A. Copyright, License and Warranty
(C) Copyright 2007 by Matthias Andree, . 
Some rights reserved.

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs German License. To view a copy of
this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/de/ 
or send a letter to Creative Commons; 559 Nathan Abbott Way;
Stanford, California 94305; USA.

Use the information herein at your own risk.

B. Patch to remedy the problem
Index: sink.c
==================================================================--- sink.c	(revision 5118)
+++ sink.c	(revision 5119)
@@ -262,7 +262,7 @@
     const char *md1 = "MAILER-DAEMON", *md2 = "MAILER-DAEMON@";
     /* don't bounce in reply to undeliverable bounces */
-    if (!msg->return_path[0] ||
+    if (!msg || !msg->return_path[0] ||
 	strcmp(msg->return_path, "<>") == 0 ||
 	strcasecmp(msg->return_path, md1) == 0 ||
 	strncasecmp(msg->return_path, md2, strlen(md2)) == 0)

END OF fetchmail-SA-2007-02.txt

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