Critical TLS flaw opens Exim servers to remote compromise

    Date10 Sep 2019
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    A ‘critical’ security vulnerability has been discovered in the Exim mail server that requires admins’ urgent attention. Learn more about the flaw and how to protect your servers:

    Affecting all versions from 4.80 up to and including 4.92.1, Exim’s maintainers have offered a general description of the flaw (CVE-2019-15846) discovered in July 2019 by a researcher identified as ‘Zerons’.

    Subsequently confirmed by engineers working for Qualys, the flaw is a buffer overflow in the part of the TLS negotiation connected to Server Name Indication (SNI). SNI is a way web hosts present the certificates for multiple HTTPS-secured TLS servers sitting behind the same IP address so that incoming connections are directed to the correct one.

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