Double Precision Incorporated Courier MTA 0.38.1 Message year resource consumption

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A vulnerability was found in Double Precision Incorporated Courier MTA 0.38.1 and classified as problematic. This issue affects an unknown function of the component Message Handler. The manipulation of the argument year with the input value -1 leads to a denial of service vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-400. Impacted is availability.

The bug was discovered 05/20/2002. The weakness was released 05/31/2002 by 3APA3A (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2002-0914. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details as well as a exploit are known. The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1499 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

After immediately, there has been an exploit disclosed. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 11 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 4908) and X-Force (9228).




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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-400
ATT&CK: T1499

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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05/20/2002 🔍
05/31/2002 +11 days 🔍
05/31/2002 +0 days 🔍
06/01/2002 +1 days 🔍
10/04/2002 +125 days 🔍
04/09/2004 +552 days 🔍
07/29/2014 +3763 days 🔍
04/18/2019 +1724 days 🔍


Researcher: 3APA3A
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2002-0914 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 4908 - Courier MTA Long Year Remote Resource Consumption Vulnerability
X-Force: 9228 - Courier MTA long year denial of service
OSVDB: 5052 - Double Precision Courier MTA Invalid Year DoS

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Created: 07/29/2014 11:10 AM
Updated: 04/18/2019 04:39 PM
Changes: (5) advisory_url advisory_person_nickname advisory_confirm_url source_securityfocus_date source_securityfocus_class
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