Dovecot: Multiple vulnerabilities

ID GLSA-200812-16
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2008-12-14T00:00:00



Dovecot is an IMAP and POP3 server written with security primarily in mind.


Several vulnerabilities were found in Dovecot:

  • The "k" right in the acl_plugin does not work as expected (CVE-2008-4577, CVE-2008-4578)
  • The dovecot.conf is world-readable, providing improper protection for the ssl_key_password setting (CVE-2008-4870)
  • A permanent Denial of Service with broken mail headers is possible (CVE-2008-4907)


These vulnerabilities might allow a remote attacker to cause a Denial of Service, to circumvent security restrictions or allow local attackers to disclose the passphrase of the SSL private key.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Dovecot users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-mail/dovecot-1.1.7-r1"

Users should be aware that dovecot.conf will still be world-readable after the update. If employing ssl_key_password, it should not be used in dovecot.conf but in a separate file which should be included with "include_try".