ZDI-06-054: Novell NetMail IMAP APPEND Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
December 22, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Novell NetMail 3.5.2
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since December 21, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 3868. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
affected installations of Novell NetMail. Successful exploitation
requires the attacker to successfully authenticate to the affected
The specific flaw exists in the NetMail IMAP server's handling of the
APPEND command. A lack of bounds checking on a specific parameter to
this command can lead to a stack-based buffer overflow. This
vulnerability can be exploited to execute arbitrary code.
-- Vendor Response:
Novell has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.08.14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.12.21 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.12.22 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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