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RE: MDaemon SMTP/POP/IMAP server DoS
From: "Basil Hussain" <basil.hussain () kodakweddings com>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 10:26:51 -0000
Bug founded in MDaemon's pop-server. It's possible to kill MDaemon by
sending long arguments (32b and above) with DELE or UIDL commands.
To do this u must have at least mail-account on vulnerable host.
After geting long request from client, all MDaemon's Services will be
closed (smtp, imap, pop, (?)worldclient).
Here the log of attack on local MDaemon POP-server:
+OK dark.ru POP MDaemon ready using UNREGISTERED SOFTWARE 6.0.7
271036.AA3656130MD0012 () dark ru>
+OK D4rkGr3y... Recipient ok
+OK D4rkGr3y () dark ru's mailbox has 1 total messages (18356 octets).
It would appear this is not an issue with the length of string passed to
MDaemon, but rather an integer overflow problem. After some testing, I've
discovered that if you pass any number greater than 2147483647 (the limit
for a signed 4-byte integer), you either get an error or a complete crash of
MDaemon. For example:
+OK somedomain.com POP MDaemon 6.0.5 ready
<MDAEMON-F200210290951.AA5138234MD2795 () somedomain com>
+OK blah... Recipient ok
+OK blah () somedomain com's mailbox has 0 total messages (0 octets).
-ERR no such message
+OK -2147483648 !!! Index 0 is not used
[Connection lost at this point...]
By the way, you may have noticed this also works with a slightly older
release (6.0.5). Also, hostname and account details have been changed to
protect the guilty... :-)
Also, I don't know whether this was something with how my test W2K server
was set up, but MDaemon would auto-restart afterwards, thus making this bug
not so much of a show-stopper and limiting scope for a Denial-of-Service