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long (>4K) subject: header causes PMV in DBIENG.DLL

RESOLVED EXPIRED

Status

Thunderbird
Mail Window Front End
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critical
RESOLVED EXPIRED
14 years ago
12 years ago

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(Reporter: Bill Sappington, Assigned: Scott MacGregor)

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Description

14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.5) Gecko/20031007 Firebird/0.7
Build Identifier: Mozilla Thunderbird 0.4 (20031205)

Particulars:
TB 0.4 (20031205)
Win98SE ( 250megs ram )
Mail Server = RH8.0+QMail+Vpop using virtual domains ( my own server )

Problem:

PMV in DBIENG.DLL

Result:

TB Crash

Most Probable cause:

Extreme length of subject: header in e-mail message ( exceeding 4000 char ).
This may be having causes in the routines for display and the routines for
building the .msf files.

Best Fix Opinion
Hard limit on subject: header buffer <= char(254)

Narative:

Opened t-bird to retrieve messages, message retrieval going fine, PMV occurs and
choices are Ignore/Close. Review of screen output shows message with waht
appears to be several overwritten subject lines as the last message retrieved.,
tb shuts down.

Attempted TB restart and immediate PMV occurs.

Delete inbox & inbox.msf

Restart TB message retrieved until message with excessive header reached, TB PMV's

Get on the mail server, mv *.* /hold from Maildir.

Restart TB. TB Restarts but behaves quirkily can will not retrieve.

Shutdown TB, Delete popstate file and restart TB retrieves new mail, but does
not display or run filters.

After deleteing both inbox & inbox.msf several times and restarting TB
_something_ shakes out and system behaves normally again.

grep'd the mail in /hold found two message files with long subject lines, review
of messages shows one with a subject: header length of 4733 bytes, then other
5432 bytes. Both of these message are SPAM with spoofed addresses and sender ID's.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. receive and e-mail message with a subject: header of like 4K
2.
3.

Actual Results:  
PMV in DBIENG.DLL, system crash

Expected Results:  
Hard limit on subject: header buffer <= char(254)

I have an offending message file ( inbox format ) that I can send for testing.
(Reporter)

Comment 1

14 years ago
Created attachment 139578 [details]
This is a segment of the inbox file that causes the crash

use this file to validate the bug.
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Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 12 years ago
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