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NetBSD Security Advisory 2003-002: Malformed header Sendmail Vulnerability
From: NetBSD Security Officer <security-officer () netbsd org>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2003 01:37:01 -0500 (EST)

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                 NetBSD Security Advisory 2003-002
                 =================================

Topic:          Malformed header Sendmail Vulnerability

Version:        NetBSD-current: source prior to March 4, 2003
                NetBSD 1.6:     affected
                NetBSD-1.5.3:   affected
                NetBSD-1.5.2:   affected
                NetBSD-1.5.1:   affected
                NetBSD-1.5:     affected
                pkgsrc:         mail/sendmail, mail/sendmail811, and
                                mail/sendmail88 are affected.

Severity:       Possible remote root compromise

Fixed:          NetBSD-current:         March 4, 2003
                NetBSD-1.6 branch:      March 4, 2003 (1.6.1 includes the fix)
                NetBSD-1.5 branch:      March 4, 2003
                pkgsrc:                 mail/sendmail version 8.12.8
                                        and mail/sendmail811 version 8.11.6nb3
                                        fix this issue.  There is currently no
                                        fix for mail/sendmail88.


Abstract
========

A malformed email message may allow remote attackers to gain the privledge
of the sendmail daemon process.  This is usually root.

Technical Details
=================

Internet Security Systems (ISS) has discovered a remotely exploitable
vulnerability in the mail transfer agent (MTA) sendmail.  The vulnerability
is message-oriented, which means that even sendmail daemons not directly
exposed to the internet can be compromised.

Further, no sendmail logs will indicate anything out of the ordinary in an
unpatched sendmail system.

Solutions and Workarounds
=========================

We advise sites running sendmail to upgrade as soon as possible.  If upgrade
is impossible at this time, we recommend you turn off the sendmail service.

To determine if sendmail is running on your  system, issue the command:

        # /etc/rc.d/sendmail status

To stop currently running sendmail processes, issue the command:

        # /etc/rc.d/sendmail stop

To ensure sendmail does not start after the next reboot, issue the command:

        # echo "sendmail=NO" >>/etc/rc.conf.d/sendmail

To allow sendmail to start once upgraded, please remove the sendmail=NO line
from the end of /etc/rc.conf.d/sendmail.

The following instructions describe how to upgrade your sendmail
binaries by updating your source tree and rebuilding and
installing a new version of sendmail.

* NetBSD-current:

        Systems running NetBSD-current dated from before 2003-03-04
        should be upgraded to NetBSD-current dated 2003-03-04 or later.

        The following directories need to be updated from the
        netbsd-current CVS branch (aka HEAD):
                src/gnu/dist/sendmail/sendmail

        To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install sendmail:
                # cd src
                # cvs update -d -P gnu/dist/sendmail/sendmail
                # cd gnu/usr.sbin/sendmail

                # make USETOOLS=no cleandir dependall
                # cd sendmail
                # make USETOOLS=no install


* NetBSD 1.6:

        Systems running NetBSD 1.6 sources dated from before
        2003-03-04 should be upgraded from NetBSD 1.6 sources dated
        2003-03-04 or later.

        NetBSD 1.6.1 will include the fix.

        The following directories need to be updated from the
        netbsd-1-6 CVS branch:
                src/gnu/dist/sendmail/sendmail

        To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install sendmail:

                # cd src
                # cvs update -d -P -r netbsd-1-6 gnu/dist/sendmail/sendmail
                # cd gnu/usr.sbin/sendmail

                # make USETOOLS=no cleandir dependall
                # cd sendmail
                # make USETOOLS=no install


* NetBSD 1.5, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3:

        Systems running NetBSD 1.5, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, or 1.5.3 sources dated
        from before 2003-03-04 should be upgraded from NetBSD 1.5.*
        sources dated 2003-03-04 or later.

        The following directories need to be updated from the
        netbsd-1-5 CVS branch:
                src/gnu/dist/sendmail

        To update from CVS, re-build, and re-install sendmail:

                # cd src
                # cvs update -d -P -r netbsd-1-5 gnu/dist/sendmail/sendmail
                # cd gnu/usr.sbin/sendmail

                # make USETOOLS=no cleandir dependall
                # cd sendmail
                # make USETOOLS=no install


Thanks To
=========

Andrew Brown for preparing the fixes for the in-tree sendmail.
Stoned Elipot for preparing the fixes for pkgsrc.

Revision History
================

        2003-03-03      Initial release


More Information
================

Advisories may be updated as new information becomes available.
The most recent version of this advisory (PGP signed) can be found at 
  ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/NetBSD/security/advisories/NetBSD-SA2003-002.txt.asc

Information about NetBSD and NetBSD security can be found at
http://www.NetBSD.ORG/ and http://www.NetBSD.ORG/Security/.


Copyright 2003, The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

$NetBSD: NetBSD-SA2003-002.txt,v 1.4 2003/03/04 03:34:36 groo Exp $

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