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Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 20:44:20 +0100
Subject: Re: PHP imap_open() script injection


New releases to fix this have been scheduled for tomorrow:

Note: support for PHP 7.0 has officially ended two days ago, but the
patch is included in 7.0.33.

Quoting from UPGRADING:
"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."

The relevant commit can be found on

The assigned CVE-2018-19158 in
seems to be a typo of CVE-2018-19518.

Am 25.11.18 um 14:30 schrieb Salvatore Bonaccorso:
> Hi,
> On Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 09:02:14PM +0100, Hanno Böck wrote:
>> Hi,
>> This was apparently posted on some russian forum recently and then
>> re-posted to github:
>> PoC code:
>> $server = "x -oProxyCommand=echo\tZWNobyAnMTIzNDU2Nzg5MCc+L3RtcC90ZXN0MDAwMQo=|base64\t-d|sh}";
>> imap_open('{'.$server.':143/imap}INBOX', '', '') or die("\n\nError: ".imap_last_error());
>> It's pretty self explaining, it seems imap_open() will pass things to
>> ssh and this is vulnerable to a shell injection.
>> Impact would be mostly relevant if someone has some imap functionality
>> where a user can define a custom imap server. (Though it might also be
>> used as a bypass for environments where exec() and similar functions
>> are restricted.)
>> I reported it to upstream PHP a few days ago, it was closed as a
>> duplicate, so it seems they already knew about it. It's unfixed in
>> current versions.
> CVE-2018-19518 has been assigned by MITRE for this issue.
> Regards,
> Salvatore

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