Bug 1862125 (CVE-2020-16117) - CVE-2020-16117 evolution-data-server: NULL pointer dereference related to imapx_free_capability and imapx_connect_to_server
Summary: CVE-2020-16117 evolution-data-server: NULL pointer dereference related to ima...
Alias: CVE-2020-16117
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1862127 1862402 1862403
Blocks: 1862128
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Reported: 2020-07-30 14:03 UTC by Pedro Sampaio
Modified: 2021-05-18 14:45 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: evolution-data-server 3.35.91
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A NULL pointer dereference flaw was found in the GNOME evolution-data-server when a mail client parses invalid messages from a malicious server. This flaw allows an attacker who controls a mail server the ability to crash the mail clients. The highest threat from this vulnerability is to system availability.
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Last Closed: 2021-05-18 14:35:11 UTC

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Description Pedro Sampaio 2020-07-30 14:03:23 UTC
In GNOME evolution-data-server before 3.35.91, a malicious server can crash the mail client with a NULL pointer dereference by sending an invalid (e.g., minimal) CAPABILITY line on a connection attempt. This is related to imapx_free_capability and imapx_connect_to_server.

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Comment 1 Pedro Sampaio 2020-07-30 14:03:57 UTC
Created evolution-data-server tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1862127]

Comment 2 Milan Crha 2020-07-30 15:01:15 UTC
(In reply to Pedro Sampaio from comment #1)
> Affects: fedora-all [bug 1862127]

This is not accurate, the Fedora 32 contains evolution-data-server 3.36.4, which does contain the fix (as it's after 3.35.91 and from the same base branch). Similarly for Fedora 33 (rawhide) with 3.37.3 at the moment. The only affected is Fedora 31, with evolution-data-server 3.34.4.

Comment 5 Riccardo Schirone 2020-07-31 11:06:43 UTC

The flaw requires a malicious server and it can at most make the client application crash, without additional damage to the client's data or system.

Comment 8 Product Security DevOps Team 2021-05-18 14:35:11 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2021-05-18 14:45:57 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Via RHSA-2021:1752 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2021:1752

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