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[SECURITY] [DLA 114-1] heirloom-mailx security update

Package        : heirloom-mailx
Version        : 12.4-2+deb6u1
CVE ID         : CVE-2004-2771 CVE-2014-7844

Two security vulnerabilities were discovered in Heirloom mailx, an
implementation of the "mail" command:


    mailx interprets interprets shell meta-characters in certain email


    An unexpected feature of mailx treats syntactically valid email
    addresses as shell commands to execute.

Shell command execution can be re-enabled using the "expandaddr"

Note that this security update does not remove all mailx facilities
for command execution, though.  Scripts which send mail to addresses
obtained from an untrusted source (such as a web form) should use the
"--" separator before the email addresses (which was fixed to work
properly in this update), or they should be changed to invoke
"mail -t" or "sendmail -i -t" instead, passing the recipient addresses
as part of the mail header.

For the oldstable distribution (squeeze), these problems have been fixed in
version 12.4-2+deb6u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your heirloom-mailx packages.

Raphaël Hertzog ◈ Debian Developer

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