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Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 09:35:32 -0700
From: Kurt Seifried <>
CC: Jan Lieskovsky <>,
        "Steven M. Christey" <>,
        Timo Sirainen <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request -- Dovecot -- Validate certificate's
 CN against requested remote server hostname when proxying

On 11/18/2011 06:37 AM, Jan Lieskovsky wrote:
> Hello Kurt, Steve, vendors,
>   a security flaw was found in the way Dovecot, an IMAP and POP3 email
> server, performed remote server identity verification (x509
> certificate's Common Name field was not checked to match provided
> remote server host name), when Dovecot was configured to proxy IMAP and
> POP3 connections to remote hosts and TLS/SSL protocols were requested
> (ssl=yes or starttls=yes) in the configuration to secure these
> connections to the destination server. A remote attacker could use
> this flaw to conduct man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks via specially-
> crafted x509v3 certificate.
> References:
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> Relevant upstream patch:
> [5]
> Could you allocate a CVE id for this?
> Note: This isn't a 'direct security flaw', in the sense it would be
> discovered / reported at some time point. This behaviour (do not check
> x509v3 cert CN against remote server hostname), when TLS/SSL protocols
> are configured, and the danger of MITM is already described
> on relevant Dovecot's page:
> thus one could say, for those administrators, who are aware of [4]
> page and configured Dovecot in safe way there is no trust boundary
> crossing and this upstream change is just security hardening.
> But on the other hand, this change is important enough, to be
> backported to all affected versions, (regardless to the fact if
> particular administrator has or hasn't read [4]). Thus I would vote
> for a CVE identifier to be assigned to this issue. But opened for
> discussion if someone else (MITRE?) thinks this should be dealt
> with rather as with security hardening, than with a real security
> flaw.
> Thank you && Regards, Jan.
> -- 
> Jan iankko Lieskovsky / Red Hat Security Response Team

Please use CVE-2011-4318  for this issue.


-Kurt Seifried / Red Hat Security Response Team

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