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Vulnerability Assessment Details
Evolution: Format string vulnerabilities
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200508-12
(Evolution: Format string vulnerabilities)
Ulf Harnhammar discovered that Evolution is vulnerable to format
string bugs when viewing attached vCards and when displaying contact
information from remote LDAP servers or task list data from remote
servers (CVE-2005-2549). He also discovered that Evolution fails to
handle special calendar entries if the user switches to the Calendars
A possible hacker could attach specially crafted vCards to emails or
setup malicious LDAP servers or calendar entries which would trigger
the format string vulnerabilities when viewed or accessed from
Evolution. This could potentially result in the execution of arbitrary
code with the rights of the user running Evolution.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All Evolution users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=mail-client/evolution-2.2.3-r3"
Network Security Threat Level: Medium
Networks Security ID:
Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2005 Michel Arboi
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