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ArchLinux: 202101-43: mutt: denial of service

Date 29 Jan 2021
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Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
The package mutt before version 2.0.5-1 is vulnerable to denial of service.
Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-202101-43
==========================================

Severity: Low
Date    : 2021-01-29
CVE-ID  : CVE-2021-3181
Package : mutt
Type    : denial of service
Remote  : Yes
Link    : https://security.archlinux.org/AVG-1476

Summary
=======

The package mutt before version 2.0.5-1 is vulnerable to denial of
service.

Resolution
==========

Upgrade to 2.0.5-1.

# pacman -Syu "mutt>=2.0.5-1"

The problem has been fixed upstream in version 2.0.5.

Workaround
==========

None.

Description
===========

rfc822.c in Mutt through 2.0.4 allows remote attackers to cause a
denial of service (mailbox unavailability) by sending email messages
with sequences of semicolon characters in RFC822 address fields (aka
terminators of empty groups). A small email message from the attacker
can cause large memory consumption, and the victim may then be unable
to see email messages from other persons.

Impact
======

A malicious user could send a malformed email that would crash the
application.

References
==========

https://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2021/01/17/2
https://gitlab.com/muttmua/mutt/-/issues/323
https://gitlab.com/muttmua/mutt/uploads/ecd287245a2d0ac0108797eab2f1a224/rfc822_parse_adrlist.txt
https://gitlab.com/muttmua/mutt/-/commit/4a2becbdb4422aaffe3ce314991b9d670b7adf17
https://security.archlinux.org/CVE-2021-3181

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