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MitM attack in Mutt



Published: 2020-07-01
Severity Medium
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-14954
CWE ID CWE-74
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Vendor Mutt.org

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one medium risk vulnerability.

1) Code injection

Severity: Medium

CVSSv3: 5.7 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:N/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-14954

CWE-ID: CWE-74 - Improper Neutralization of Special Elements in Output Used by a Downstream Component ('Injection')

Exploit availability: No

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform a spoofing attack.

The vulnerability exists due to insecure implementation of the STARTTLS buffering for IMAP, SMTP, and POP3 protocols. A remote attacker can inject arbitrary data into the TLS context during MitM attack, e.g. perform a response injection attack.

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Mutt: 1.14, 1.14.1, 1.14.2, 1.14.3

CPE External links

http://lists.mutt.org/pipermail/mutt-announce/Week-of-Mon-20200615/000023.html
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2020-06/msg00064.html
http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-security-announce/2020-06/msg00070.html
http://www.mutt.org/
https://github.com/neomutt/neomutt/commit/fb013ec666759cb8a9e294347c7b4c1f597639cc
https://github.com/neomutt/neomutt/releases/tag/20200619
https://gitlab.com/muttmua/mutt/-/commit/c547433cdf2e79191b15c6932c57f1472bfb5ff4
https://gitlab.com/muttmua/mutt/-/issues/248
https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4707
https://www.debian.org/security/2020/dsa-4708

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website or open an attachment in an e-mail message.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.