Updated evolution packages that fix various security issues are now available. This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
Evolution is a GNOME-based collection of personal information management (PIM) tools. A bug was found in the way Evolution displays mail messages. It is possible that an attacker could create a specially crafted mail message that when opened by a victim causes Evolution to stop responding. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0806 to this issue. A bug was also found in Evolution's helper program camel-lock-helper. This bug could allow a local attacker to gain root privileges if camel-lock-helper has been built to execute with elevated privileges. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0102 to this issue. On Red Hat Enterprise Linux, camel-lock-helper is not built to execute with elevated privileges by default. Please note however that if users have rebuilt Evolution from the source RPM, as the root user, camel-lock-helper may be given elevated privileges. All users of evolution should upgrade to these updated packages, which include backported fixes to correct these issues.