[USN-1221-1] Mutt vulnerability

Tyler Hicks tyhicks at canonical.com
Thu Sep 29 23:57:27 UTC 2011

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1221-1
September 29, 2011

mutt vulnerability

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

- Ubuntu 11.04
- Ubuntu 10.10
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


An attacker could trick mutt into trusting a rogue server.

Software Description:
- mutt: text-based mailreader supporting MIME, GPG, PGP and threading


It was discovered that mutt incorrectly verified the hostname in an SSL
certificate. An attacker could trick mutt into trusting a rogue SMTPS,
IMAPS, or POP3S server's certificate, which was signed by a trusted certificate
authority, to perform a man-in-the-middle attack.

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 11.04:
  mutt                            1.5.21-2ubuntu3.1
  mutt-patched                    1.5.21-2ubuntu3.1

Ubuntu 10.10:
  mutt                            1.5.20-9ubuntu2.1
  mutt-patched                    1.5.20-9ubuntu2.1

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS:
  mutt                            1.5.20-7ubuntu1.1
  mutt-patched                    1.5.20-7ubuntu1.1

After a standard system update you need to restart mutt to make
all the necessary changes. Users are encouraged to verify their
~/.mutt_certificates file to ensure only trusted certificates are listed.


Package Information:

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