An updated metamail package that fixes a buffer overflow vulnerability for
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 is now available.
This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red
Hat Security Response Team.
Metamail is a system for handling multimedia mail.
A buffer overflow bug was found in the way Metamail processes certain mail
messages. An attacker could create a carefully-crafted message such that
when it is opened by a victim and parsed through Metamail, it runs
arbitrary code as the victim. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
project (cve.mitre.org) assigned the name CVE-2006-0709 to this issue.
Users of Metamail should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a
backported patch that is not vulnerable to this issue.