DescriptionThe receive_msg function in receive.c in the SMTP daemon in Exim 4.88 and 4.89 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop and stack exhaustion) via vectors involving BDAT commands and an improper check for a '.' character signifying the end of the content, related to the bdat_getc function.
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NVD severitymedium
Debian Bugs882671

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
exim4 (PTS)stretch4.89-2+deb9u7fixed
stretch (security)4.89-2+deb9u8fixed
buster, buster (security)4.92-8+deb10u6fixed
bullseye, sid4.94.2-7fixed

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
exim4sourcewheezy(not affected)
exim4sourcejessie(not affected)


[jessie] - exim4 <not-affected> (ESMTP CHUNKING extension introduced in 4.88)
[wheezy] - exim4 <not-affected> (ESMTP CHUNKING extension introduced in 4.88)
4.89-10 adds a workaround which disables the affected code by default

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