USN-1618-1: Exim vulnerability

26 October 2012

exim4 vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Exim could be made to run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description

  • exim4 - Exim is a mail transport agent


It was discovered that Exim incorrectly handled DKIM DNS decoding. This flaw could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 12.10
exim4-daemon-custom - 4.80-3ubuntu1.1
exim4-daemon-heavy - 4.80-3ubuntu1.1
exim4-daemon-light - 4.80-3ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
exim4-daemon-custom - 4.76-3ubuntu3.1
exim4-daemon-heavy - 4.76-3ubuntu3.1
exim4-daemon-light - 4.76-3ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 11.10
exim4-daemon-custom - 4.76-2ubuntu1.1
exim4-daemon-heavy - 4.76-2ubuntu1.1
exim4-daemon-light - 4.76-2ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 11.04
exim4-daemon-custom - 4.74-1ubuntu1.3
exim4-daemon-heavy - 4.74-1ubuntu1.3
exim4-daemon-light - 4.74-1ubuntu1.3
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
exim4-daemon-custom - 4.71-3ubuntu1.4
exim4-daemon-heavy - 4.71-3ubuntu1.4
exim4-daemon-light - 4.71-3ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.