[ mailman-Bugs-815297 ] Breaking signatures in message/rfc822 attachement!

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Bugs item #815297, was opened at 2003-09-30 19:42
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Category: security/privacy
Group: 2.1 (stable)
Status: Open
Resolution: None
>Priority: 8
Submitted By: Bernhard Reiter (ber)
Assigned to: Nobody/Anonymous (nobody)
Summary: Breaking signatures in message/rfc822 attachement!

Initial Comment:
Mailman _must_ not touch MIME-parts which are nested
more deeply in the mail. As tested with Mailman 2.1.2,
header lines will be sometimes reformatted in
message/rfc822 attachments which will break the OpenPGP
signature
(also conforming to the PGP/MIME standard) on that part.

I'm attaching a simple email with on long header.
Forward this as MIME part and sign it sending it
through Mailman,
the signature will be broken.

This is an email security affecting bug, because if people 
start believing that a *BAD* signature does not mean much,
because they get many broken by mailman, they will not
react
to a seriously manipulated email anymore!


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Comment By: Marc Mutz (mmutz)
Date: 2003-10-03 17:54

Message:
Logged In: YES 
user_id=82377

This is not limited to message/rfc822 at all: 
 
As a specific example, create a message with an attachment 
and add the header 
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="more-than-70-chars.
txt" 
(all in a single line), then send it through a mailman-managed ml. 
Result: mailman "fixes" the message to look like 
Content-Disposition: attachment; 
\tfilename="more-than-70-chars.txt" 
 
It even does that inside a multipart/signed part, and this is 
where it breaks the signature verification. 

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Comment By: Bernhard Reiter (ber)
Date: 2003-09-30 19:46

Message:
Logged In: YES 
user_id=113859

Here is the email signed by myself and broken 
after delivery through mailman. Check the "To:" header line.

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