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Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:17:50 +0100
From: Robert Buchholz <>
Cc: Will Drewry <>,
Subject: Re: [oCERT-2008-015] glib and glib-predecessor heap overflows

On Thursday 12 March 2009, Will Drewry wrote:
> #2008-015 glib and glib-predecessors heap overflows
> Description:
> Base64 encoding and decoding functions in glib suffer from
> vulnerabilities during memory allocation which may result in
> arbitrary code execution when processing large strings.  A number of
> other GNOME-related applications which predate glib are vulnerable
> due to the commonality of this flawed code.
> (older versions affected only)
> libsoup < 2.2.x
> libsoup < 2.24
> evolution-data-server < 2.24.5

Evolution Data Server is not affected since version 2.21.1, as it uses 
GLib's base64 functions. Obviously, using a vulnerable GLib with a 
current Evolution Data Server still presents a vulnerable setup -- 
however the advisory and CVE entry should not reflect that as a 
vulnerability in Evolution Data Server 2.21.1 to 2.24.5.

References to changelog entries are in our bug report:


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