Mutt RFC822 Address Parser privileges management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Mutt (Mail Client Software). This issue affects an unknown code block of the component RFC822 Address Parser. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 01/01/2002. The weakness was shared 02/27/2002 by Joost Pol (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2002-0001. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 2 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 14933 (Debian DSA-096-2 : mutt - buffer overflow), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks and running in the context local.

Upgrading to version or 1.3.25 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 3774), X-Force (7759), Secunia (SA26419), Vulnerability Center (SBV-15854) and Tenable (14933). The entries 3244, 3243 and 3245 are related to this item.




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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.0

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Temp Score: 7.0
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 14933
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-096-2 : mutt - buffer overflow
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OpenVAS ID: 53835
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 096-1 (mutt)
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02/27/2002 +55 days 🔍
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Researcher: Joost Pol
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CVE: CVE-2002-0001 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 3774 - Mutt Address Handling Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 26419
X-Force: 7759
Vulnerability Center: 15854 - Mutt <, 1.3-1.3.24 Remote Code Execution due to a Vulnerability in RFC822, High
OSVDB: 13399 - Mutt - Address Handling - Buffer Overflow Issue

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Created: 07/11/2014 01:38 PM
Updated: 07/23/2019 02:45 PM
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