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ESB-98.163 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin #00177
22 October 1998
Sun Microsystems, Inc. has released the following bulletin concerning
a patch for their Sun Internet Mail Server (SIMS) product. This patch
addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability previously identified in the
IMAP server distributed with certain versions of SIMS.
This vulnerability was first described in CERT Advisory CA-98.09 (AUSCERT
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00177
Date: October 21, 1998
Cross-Ref: CERT Advisory CA-98.09.imapd
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for Sun Internet Mail Server(tm)
versions 3.2 and 2.0 which relate to a vulnerability in the IMAP
Sun recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
immediately on systems using Sun Internet Mail Server(SIMS) 3.2 and 2.0.
2. Affected Supported Versions
SIMS versions 3.2, 3.2_x86, 3.1, 3.1_x86, 2.0 and 2.0_x86
3. Understanding the Vulnerability
Sun Internet Mail Server provides support for IMAP, POP and mailtool
clients. The IMAP server available with certain versions of SIMS
is vulnerable to the buffer overflows referenced in CERT Advisory
4. List of Patches
The following patches are available in relation to the above problem.
SIMS Patch ID
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