SquirrelMail warns of 'high-risk' package compromise

SquirrelMail warns of 'high-risk' package compromise

Summary: The maintainers of the open-source SquirrelMail webmail package is warning of a compromise that could introduce a "high risk" security issue on end-user servers.The package compromise, which affects SquirrelMail 1.

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SquirrelMail warns of ‘high-risk’ package compromiseThe maintainers of the open-source SquirrelMail webmail package is warning of a compromise that could introduce a "high risk" security issue on end-user servers.

The package compromise, which affects SquirrelMail 1.4.11 and 1.4.12, was discovered when the MD5 sums for the 1.4.12 package were not matching the actual package.   An initial investigation found that it was caused by a breached account from a release maintainer and caused the package to be modified post release.

A note on the SquirrelMail home page sounds the alarm:

While initial review didn't uncover a need for concern, several proof of concepts show that the package alterations introduce a high risk security issue, allowing remote inclusion of files. These changes would allow a remote user the ability to execute exploit code on a victim machine, without any user interaction on the victim's server. This could grant the attacker the ability to deploy further code on the victim's server.

The group is strongly advising users to upgrade to version 1.4.13 immediately.

Topics: Security, Hardware, Servers

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  • Why would anyone use Squirrelmail when .Mac is so superior?

    Switch to the Mac. I did and now my life is wonderful. I can't explain to you the feelings I get while I use my Mac, it is unlike any feeling I ever got when I used a Micro$ux product. That's a fact!
    NonZealot
    • I think that's the fumes . . .

      from the foam packaging!!! ;)
      JLHenry
    • SquirrelMail Use Is Widespread

      NonZealot -

      It's easy to understand why you feel so wonderful about .Mac and, for many people who just need web-based email, your approach is valid.

      However, MANY web hosting services provide Squirrelmail to all of the websites they host. There are alternatives such as Axigen, but it's not as easy to use them as a service provided by the host service.
      TdotBdot