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June 26, 2007
Symantec Mail Security for SMTP Executable Attachment Parsing Denial of Service

Revision History
Added CVE reference
Added Symantec Mail Security 4.1.x to list of unaffected products

Risk Impact

Remote AccessYes
Local AccessNo
Authentication RequiredNo
Exploit publicly availableNo

A denial of service has been discovered in Symantec Mail Security for SMTP when parsing Executable Attachments.

Vulnerable Products
Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 5.0.0 Upgrade to 5.0.1 and apply patch 181
5.0.1 Apply Patch 181
Symantec Mail Security Appliance 5.0.x Update to 5.0.0-36 or later

Not Affected
The following products are not affected by this vulnerability.

Symantec Mail Security for MSE All
Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam All
Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 4.1.x
Symantec Mail Security Appliance 4.1.x

Symantec Mail Security for SMTP fails to properly check for boundary errors when parsing executable attachments. This issue can lead to a Denial of Service.

Symantec response
Symantec has released a downloadable updates for this issue available through the Platinum Support Web Site for Platinum customers or through the FileConnect -Electronic Software Distribution web site for all licensed users.

Users of Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 5.0.0 are encouraged to upgrade to 5.0.1 and then download and apply the update.

To date, Symantec is not aware of any reported attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

Symantec would like to thank Dyon Balding of Secunia for reporting this issue to Symantec, and working with us on the resolution.

This issue is a candidate for inclusion in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems. The CVE initiative has assigned CVE-2007-1792 to this issue

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Initial Post on: Tuesday, 26-Jun-07 12:00:00
Last modified on: Wednesday, 15-Aug-07 15:41:29