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Various pop3 overflows

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Attempts to overflow the in.pop3d buffers

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote POP3 server might be vulnerable to a buffer overflow
bug when it is issued at least one of these commands, with a too long
argument :

auth
user
pass

If confirmed, this problem might permit a possible hacker to execute
arbitrary code on the remote system, thus giving him an interactive
session on this host.

Solution : If you do not use POP3, disable this service in /etc/inetd.conf
and restart the inetd process. Otherwise, upgrade to a newer version.

See also : http://online.securityfocus.com/archive/1/27197
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 2781, 2811, 4055, 4295, 4614, 4789, 790, 830, 894, 942

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 1999 Renaud Deraison

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