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Rule:  

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Sid:
2216

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Summary:
This event is generated when an attempt is made to access readmail.cgi on an internal web server. This may indicate an attempt to exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in Ipswitch IMail 7.04 and earlier.

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Impact:
Denial of service.

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Detailed Information:
Ipswitch IMail is a mail server that supports multiple mail protocols. Its web mail implementation contains a vulnerability in readmail.cgi where, if a mailbox name with more than 248 dot characters (.) is requested, the server will crash. It has also been reported that this is caused by a buffer overflow error that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, but this has not been confirmed.

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Affected Systems:
Mail servers running Ipswitch Imail 7.04 and earlier with web mail enabled.

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Attack Scenarios:
An attacker sends an HTTP request to readmail.cgi for a mailbox with more than 248 dot characters in the mailbox name parameter. The mail server will crash and must be restarted.

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Ease of Attack:
Simple.

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False Positives:
If a legitimate remote user accesses readmail.cgi, this rule may generate an event.

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False Negatives:
None known.

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Corrective Action:
Upgrade to a newer version or apply the vendor-supplied hotfix available at ftp://ftp.ipswitch.com/Ipswitch/Product_Support/IMail/imail704.exe.

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Contributors:
Sourcefire Research Team
Brian Caswell <bmc@sourcefire.com>
Nigel Houghton <nigel.houghton@sourcefire.com>
Sourcefire Technical Publications Team
Jennifer Harvey <jennifer.harvey@sourcefire.com>

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Additional References:
Bugtraq
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/3427

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