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Old 07-10-2001, 02:51 PM   #1
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Exclamation Dedicated Server Security Notice

I just received the following email from Verio.

They're charging $75 for the upgrade but I gave a (struggling) buddy $25 to take care of it for me. His email is josh@strangled.net if anybody needs help.

Dear Verio Dedicated Server Customer,

Qualcomm has recently released a security update regarding Qpopper, the
piece of software that allows you to retrieve mail from your dedicated
server. Qualcomm has released version 4.03 of Qpopper, and has stated that
all versions of Qpopper previous to 4.03 are vulnerable to remote root
exploits under Solaris and Linux. This could allow an individual to gain
unauthorized remote access to your server hosted here.

Public exploit code has been released for Linux to many newsgroups and
public forums. It has become a simple process for unauthorized individuals
to gain remote access to Linux machines. While public exploit code has not
been released for Solaris, the same vulnerability exists in the Solaris
version of Qpopper, so it could still be possible for someone to gain access
to your server even if it is running Solaris.

You are receiving this message because we have identified your machine as
one running an older version of Qpopper. While Verio is not responsible for
security updates and patches to your machine after release, we feel the
situation warrants notification to you. We'd like to make it as easy as
possible for you to upgrade, and offer our assistance in making your machine
more secure.

We will upgrade your machine to the latest version of Qpopper at a flat rate
of $75.00 US. The upgrade will involve no downtime for the machine and only
a very short downtime for the POP server itself. This may cause mail clients
to be momentarily disconnected when we stop the old version and start the
new version.

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this upgrade or other
software upgrades that can be done to your machine. We can update any piece
of software that we support, and can generally upgrade those that you have
left 'as-installed' on the server at a low flat rate.

If you would like for us to do the work, email your request to unixadmin@dn.net.
Please state that you would like Qpopper upgraded to the latest version and
$75.00 charged to your account. Also, be sure to put DSI-serverid in the subject
(ex. DSI-linux1234). After you request the work, please expect a waiting period
of 8-12 hours as we expect a large number of customers will take advantage of
our offer.

In order to do the upgrade yourself, you will need the Qpopper source,
available from www.qualcomm.com, and some knowledge of compiling software
under UNIX. The upgrade should be fairly painless and Qpopper has no
configuration files that will need to be changed.


Verio Customer Support

Good luck guys.

Michael http://www.badassbuddy.com
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Old 07-12-2001, 05:24 AM   #2
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Hey, Im about to colo with Verio. Do they send those messages to people with dedicated servers from them, and how often are they sent?
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Old 07-12-2001, 01:40 PM   #3
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That's the first time I've received an email like that from them. If you're colocating, they most likely will NOT send you security update emails.

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Old 07-15-2001, 04:34 PM   #4
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This upgrade requires about five minutes of work.

The last Qpopper vulnerability was published on June 2nd.
Qualcomm qpopper 4.0.2
Qualcomm qpopper 4.0.1
Qualcomm qpopper 4.0
are vulnerable to this attack.
Previous versions of qpopper are not vulnerable.
As far as I know no exploit code was released.

Are Verio worried about their customers or just want to make more money?

Excellent price, reliability, flexibility, speed, support and features.
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Old 07-16-2001, 10:06 AM   #5
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From the Eudora Web site:

Security Vulnerability
Some versions of Qpopper are vulnerable to buffer overruns. Qpopper 2.41 and older can be used to obtain root access to your system. Qpopper 2.53 and older may permit an attacker who has access to a valid account to obtain a shell with group-id 'mail', potentially allowing read/write access to all mail.



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