Debian Security Advisory

DLA-1608-1 php5 -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
17 Dec 2018
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2018-19518, CVE-2018-19935.
More information:

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in php5, a server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language. Note that this update includes a change to the default behavior for IMAP connections. See below for details.

  • CVE-2018-19518

    An argument injection vulnerability in imap_open() may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary OS commands on the IMAP server.

    The fix for the CVE-2018-19518 vulnerability included this additional note from the upstream developers:

    Starting with 5.6.38, rsh/ssh logins are disabled by default. Use imap.enable_insecure_rsh if you want to enable them. Note that the IMAP library does not filter mailbox names before passing them to rsh/ssh command, thus passing untrusted data to this function with rsh/ssh enabled is insecure.

  • CVE-2018-19935

    A NULL pointer dereference leads to an application crash and a denial of service via an empty string in the message argument to the imap_mail function of ext/imap/php_imap.c.

For Debian 8 Jessie, these problems have been fixed in version 5.6.39+dfsg-0+deb8u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your php5 packages.

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