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ESB-98.193 -- Sun Security Bulletin #00181
Buffer Overflows in dtmail
18 December 1998
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has released the following bulletin concerning
several buffer overflow vulnerabilities found in dtmail with regards to
its handling of attachments. A remote attacker may exploit these
vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary instructions with the privileges of
mail and that of the user reading the email.
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00181
Date: December 17, 1998
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The dtmail program is the mail user agent for the Common Desktop
Environment (CDE). dtmail provides an intuitive, easy-to-use user
interface for reading, sending, and managing electronic mail.
Several buffer overflows have been found in dtmail with regards to
its handling of attachments. A remote attacker may exploit
these vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary instructions with the
privileges of mail and that of the user reading the email.
2. Affected Supported Versions
Solaris(tm) versions: 2.6, 2.6_x86, 2.5.1, 2.5.1_x86, 2.5, 2.5_x86,
2.4, and 2.4_x86 running CDE
Sun recommends that you install the respective patches immediately on
CDE Version Patch ID
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