USN-583-1: Evolution vulnerability

5 March 2008

evolution vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • evolution


Ulf Harnhammar discovered that Evolution did not correctly handle format strings when processing encrypted emails. A remote attacker could exploit this by sending a specially crafted email, resulting in arbitrary code execution.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10
evolution - 2.12.1-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 7.04
evolution - 2.10.1-0ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 6.10
evolution - 2.8.1-0ubuntu4.2
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
evolution - 2.6.1-0ubuntu7.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart Evolution to effect the necessary changes.