Bug 435759 (CVE-2008-0072)

Summary: CVE-2008-0072 Evolution format string flaw
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Josh Bressers <bressers>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: kreilly, mbarnes, mcrha, security-response-team, shillman
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Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Fixed In Version: 2.10.3-8.fc7 Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-03-06 16:58:47 UTC Type: ---
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Bug Depends On: 435796, 435797, 435798, 435799, 435800, 435801, 435802, 436080, 436081, 436082    
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Description Josh Bressers 2008-03-03 18:38:30 UTC
Ulf Harnhammar of Secunia Research reported a format string flaw in the way
Evolution parses PGP encrypted messages.

It should be possible for a malicious mail message to abuse this flaw to execute
arbitrary code when a user open the mail message.


Red Hat would like to thank Ulf Härnhammar of Secunia Research for finding
and reporting this issue.

Comment 4 Mark J. Cox 2008-03-04 09:58:59 UTC
Format string flaws are usually detected by FORTIFY_SOURCE which will notice
that the %n is from a writable string and abort.  But this wasn't happening when
testing this flaw.

On RHEL5, the user supplied format string is passed to em_format_format_error()
in evolution which calls g_strdup_vprintf from glib2.  Unfortunately
g_strdup_vprintf in glib2 uses vasprintf, and vasprintf is a function that is
not fortified.  (I'll file a feature request about that and see if we can't get
glibc to fortify vasprintf/asprintf etc.)

Comment 7 Tomas Hoger 2008-03-05 09:39:02 UTC
Public now on Secunia site, lifting embargo:


Comment 9 Fedora Update System 2008-03-05 17:39:13 UTC
evolution-2.10.3-8.fc7 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 7

Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2008-03-05 17:45:29 UTC
evolution-2.12.3-3.fc8 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 8

Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2008-03-06 16:37:51 UTC
evolution-2.10.3-8.fc7 has been pushed to the Fedora 7 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 12 Fedora Update System 2008-03-06 16:38:11 UTC
evolution-2.12.3-3.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.