Re: [Full-disclosure] trusting SMTP [was: SendGate: Sendmail Multiple Vulnerabilities]



On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 03:59:20 CST, Gadi Evron said:
Oh, sorry for not mentioning earlier -
Operators that want to patch Sendmail, I'd suggest doing it soon. Now we
not only do we face risk to our mail servers, but rather trusting other
servers as well.

Been there, done that. All the same issues we saw when 8.12.9 came out:

8.12.9/8.12.9 2003/03/29
SECURITY: Fix a buffer overflow in address parsing due to
a char to int conversion problem which is potentially
remotely exploitable. Problem found by Michal Zalewski.
Note: an MTA that is not patched might be vulnerable to
data that it receives from untrusted sources, which
includes DNS.

So just like last time - I'm sure somebody will patch their external-facing
mailserver *first*, and that lets exploit mail get through the external
mailer and reach the internal mailserver (where before it would just have
0wned the external server).

Not that Sendmail is any different from any OTHER infrastructure software.
The exact same issues apply when an IOS bug is found, or an NTP bug, or.....

(And if you think Sendmail didn't do a good job of releasing the info, I
shudder to think of what you thought of how Cisco handled the whole Lynn thing ;)


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