Debian Security Advisory

DSA-300-1 balsa -- buffer overflow

Date Reported:
06 May 2003
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 7229.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2003-0167.
More information:

Byrial Jensen discovered a couple of off-by-one buffer overflow in the IMAP code of Mutt, a text-oriented mail reader supporting IMAP, MIME, GPG, PGP and threading. This code is imported in the Balsa package. This problem could potentially allow a remote malicious IMAP server to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via a specially crafted mail folder.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 1.2.4-2.2.

The old stable distribution (potato) does not seem to be affected by this problem.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed soon.

We recommend that you upgrade your balsa package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.