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Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2023 14:07:18 +0100
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: CVE-2023-51766: Exim: SMTP smuggling


Exim was also susceptible to SMTP smuggling, and version 4.97.1 is now
released to address this.  Included below is doc/doc-txt/cve-2023-51766
from the exim-4.97.1 branch (with erroneous Date: line omitted).


CVE ID:     CVE-2023-51766
Version(s): all up to 4.97 inclusive
Issue:      Given a buggy relay, Exim can be induced to accept a second message embedded
            as part of the body of a first message


If *all* the following conditions are met

    Runtime options

    * Exim offers PIPELINING on incoming connections

    * Exim offers CHUNKING on incoming connections


    * DATA (as opposed to BDAT) is used for a message reception

    * The relay host sends to the Exim MTA message data including
      one of "LF . LF" or "CR LF . LF" or "LF . CR LF".

    * Exim interprets the sequence as signalling the end of data for
      the SMTP DATA command, and hence a first message.

    * Exim interprets further input which the relay had as message body
      data, as SMTP commands and data. This could include a MAIL, RCPT,
      BDAT (etc) sequence, resulting in a further message acceptance.


One or more messages can be accepted by Exim that have not been
properly validated by the buggy relay.


Install a fixed Exim version:

    4.98 (once available)

If you can't install one of the above versions, ask your package
maintainer for a version containing the backported fix. On request and
depending on our resources we will support you in backporting the fix.
(Please note, that Exim project officially doesn't support versions
prior the current stable version.)


  Disable CHUNKING advertisement for incoming connections.

  An attempt to "smuggle" a DATA command will trip a syncronisation


  Disable PIPELINING advertisement for incoming connections.

  The "smuggled" MAIL FROM command will then trip a syncronisation

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