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TUCoPS :: Unix :: General :: al199905.txt

Buffer Overflow in QPopper


A  U  S  C  E  R  T                                           A  L  E  R  T
                       AL-1999.005  --  AUSCERT ALERT
                         Buffer overflow in qpopper
                              02 December 1999



	The qpopper program is Unix server software that supports the POP3
        protocol for downloading Internet e-mail using software clients.
        AusCERT has received information that some versions of qpopper are
        vulnerable to a remotely exploitable buffer overflow.

	Information regarding these vulnerabilities including exploit
        programs have been made publicly available.  AusCERT expects that
        intruders will actively exploit this vulnerability.

        All qpopper 3.0 beta releases 3.0b20 and older are susceptible to
        this vulnerability.

	qpopper versions prior to 2.41 are also vulnerable to an
        exploitable buffer overflow as described in a previously released
        AusCERT advisory (AA-98.01) available from:


	Vulnerable versions of qpopper may allow remote users to gain root


	Sites running vulnerable versions of qpopper should upgrade to the
	current version.  The latest official release of qpopper is 2.53.
	Sites using the 3.0 beta release should upgrade to the latest
        release which is version 3.0b21.

	For complete details and download instructions see the official 
	qpopper home page at:

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AusCERT acknowledges the posters to the Bugtraq mailing list and Qualcomm
Support for information provided in this alert.  AusCERT also thanks Joe
Haskian of the University of Melbourne.
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[AusCERT issues an alert when the risk posed by a vulnerability that may
not have been thoroughly investigated and for which a work-around or fix
may not yet have been developed requires notification.]

The AusCERT team has made every effort to ensure that the information
contained in this document is accurate at the time of publication. However,
the decision to use the information described is the responsibility of
each user or organisation.  The appropriateness of this document for an
organisation or individual system should be considered before application
in conjunction with local policies and procedures.  AusCERT takes no
responsibility for the consequences of applying the contents of this

If you believe that your system has been compromised, contact AusCERT or
your representative in FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security

AusCERT maintains an anonymous FTP service which is found on:  This archive contains past SERT
and AusCERT Advisories, and other computer security information.

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