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Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 10:05:20 +0200
From: Yves-Alexis Perez <>
Subject: PGP/MIME and S/MIME mail clients vulnerabilities

I guess most people have already saw  this, but just in case, it seems that a
vulnerability in PGP/MIME and S/MIME handling in various mail clients will be
published tomorrow.

Debian Security team didn't get any private information yet, but there have
been multiple twitter threads and blog posts published already:

GnuPG has posted a tweet (
indicating it's likely a vulnerability in mail clients themselves and not in
the protocol, and which is related to HTML mail handling.

The vulnerabilities apparently enable an attacker to decrypt previous mails,
but my (wild) guess is that the attack actually requests decryption from the
mail client (which has access to the private key), rather than by actually
decrypting itself.

Yves-Alexis Perez - Debian Security

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