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false alarms by real secure
From: danton () INEXO COM BR (Danton Nunes)
Date: Tue, 29 Feb 2000 16:39:04 -0300


Real secure traps incoming packets on tcp/25 containing certain strings
that suggest a message being directed to a program (to:|something). It
seems not to distinguish between message headers and message contents and
sounds a false alarm when a message or an attachment to a message contains
something like 'mailbox:/c|/some/funny/place'.

it is possible to launch a DoS attack against firewalls with realsecure
just sending a number of e-mails containing the offending pattern. The
message is not delivered, returning to sendmail w/ I/O error. sendmail
requeues and tries again later, making the alarm ring over and over again.

I don't understand why realsecure mistakes normal e-mail text for an
attack against sendmail (most versions are not vulnerable anyway). Amazingly,
this behaviour is documented as a 'feature'.


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