Archive of FreeBSD Security general posting, FreeBSD Ports Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:59.pine

31/10/00, FreeBSD Ports Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:59.pine
From: FreeBSD Security Advisories <security-advisories@FreeBSD.ORG>

Generated by MHonArc

CSIM Logo WelcomeCourses
Faculty, Student, Staff
Projects and reports
Conferences, workshop and seminars
Laboratories and reasearch facilities
Information related to CSIM
Information non-related to CSIM
Address, map, phone, etc.

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

To: FreeBSD Security Advisories <security-advisories@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject: FreeBSD Ports Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:59.pine
From: FreeBSD Security Advisories <security-advisories@FreeBSD.ORG>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 15:12:19 -0800 (PST)
Mail-from: From owner-freebsd-security-notifications@FreeBSD.ORG Tue Oct 31 06:15:02 2000
Reply-To: postmaster@FreeBSD.ORG
Sender: owner-freebsd-security-notifications@FreeBSD.ORG


FreeBSD-SA-00:59                                           Security Advisory
                                                                FreeBSD, Inc.

Topic:          pine4 port contains remote vulnerability

Category:       ports
Module:         pine4/pine4-ssl/zh-pine4/iw-pine4
Announced:      2000-10-30
Affects:        Ports collection.
Corrected:      2000-10-29
Credits:	arkane@SPEAKEASY.ORG
Vendor status:  Contacted
FreeBSD only:   NO

I.   Background

Pine is a popular mail user agent.

II.  Problem Description

The pine4 port, versions 4.21 and before, contains a buffer overflow
vulnerability which allows a remote user to execute arbitrary code on
the local client by the sending of a special-crafted email
message.  The overflow occurs during the periodic "new mail" checking
of an open folder.

The pine4 port is not installed by default, nor is it "part of
FreeBSD" as such: it is part of the FreeBSD ports collection, which
contains over 4000 third-party applications in a ready-to-install
format.  The ports collections shipped with FreeBSD 4.1.1 and 3.5.1
contain this problem since it was discovered after the releases.

FreeBSD makes no claim about the security of these third-party
applications, although an effort is underway to provide a security
audit of the most security-critical ports.

Administrators should note that the Pine software has been a frequent
source of past security holes, and makes extensive use of string
routines commonly associated with security vulnerabilities.  The
FreeBSD Security Officer believes it is likely that further
vulnerabilities exit in this software, and recommends the use of
alternative mail software in environments where electronic mail may be
received from untrusted sources.

III. Impact

Remote users can cause pine4 to crash when closing a mail folder by
sending a malformed email.
If you have not chosen to install the pine4 port/package, then
your system is not vulnerable to this problem.

IV.  Workaround

Deinstall the pine4 port/package, if you have installed it.

The risk can be decreased by not leaving pine sitting idle with an
open folder, but it cannot be completely eliminated without patching
and recompiling the software.

V.   Solution

One of the following:

1) Upgrade your entire ports collection and rebuild the pine4 port.

2) Deinstall the old package and install a new package dated after the
correction date, obtained from:

NOTE: It may be several days before updated packages are available.

3) download a new port skeleton for the listmanager port from:

and use it to rebuild the port.

4) Use the portcheckout utility to automate option (3) above.  The
portcheckout port is available in /usr/ports/devel/portcheckout or the
package can be obtained from:
Version: GnuPG v1.0.4 (FreeBSD)
Comment: For info see


To Unsubscribe: send mail to
with "unsubscribe freebsd-security-notifications" in the body of the message

Previous message sorted by date: FreeBSD Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:58.chpass
Next message sorted by date: FreeBSD Ports Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:60.boa
Previous message sorted by thread: FreeBSD Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:58.chpass
Next message by thread: FreeBSD Ports Security Advisory: FreeBSD-SA-00:60.boa
Main Index
Thread Index

CSIM home pageWMailAccount managementCSIM LibraryNetwork test toolsSearch CSIM directories
Contact us: Olivier Nicole CSIM    SET    AIT Last update: Oct 2000