USN-838-1: Dovecot vulnerabilities

28 September 2009

dovecot vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Software Description

  • dovecot


It was discovered that the ACL plugin in Dovecot would incorrectly handle negative access rights. An attacker could exploit this flaw to access the Dovecot server, bypassing the intended access restrictions. This only affected Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2008-4577)

It was discovered that the ManageSieve service in Dovecot incorrectly handled “..” in script names. A remote attacker could exploit this to read and modify arbitrary sieve files on the server. This only affected Ubuntu 8.10. (CVE-2008-5301)

It was discovered that the Sieve plugin in Dovecot incorrectly handled certain sieve scripts. An authenticated user could exploit this with a crafted sieve script to cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2009-2632, CVE-2009-3235)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 9.04
dovecot-common - 1:1.1.11-0ubuntu4.1
Ubuntu 8.10
dovecot-common - 1:1.1.4-0ubuntu1.3
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
dovecot-common - 1:1.0.10-1ubuntu5.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.