Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2037-1 spamassassin -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
16 Dec 2019
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 946652, Bug 946653.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2018-11805, CVE-2019-12420.
More information:

Two vulnerabilities were discovered in spamassassin, a Perl-based spam filter using text analysis.

  • CVE-2018-11805

    Malicious rule or configuration files, possibly downloaded from an updates server, could execute arbitrary commands under multiple scenarios.

  • CVE-2019-12420

    Specially crafted mulitpart messages can cause spamassassin to use excessive resources, resulting in a denial of service.

For Debian 8 Jessie, these problems have been fixed in version 3.4.2-0+deb8u2.

We recommend that you upgrade your spamassassin packages.

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