Security fix released for PHPMailer

Number: AV16-209
Date: 27 December 2016


The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to a recently released security fix for PHPMailer.


The PHPMailer team has released an update to address a vulnerability in PHPMailer. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on web servers and remotely compromise target web applications.

Versions affected: PHPMailer 5.2.18

CVE Reference: CVE-2016-10033

Suggested action

CCIRC recommends that owner/operators test and deploy the vendor released updates or workarounds to affected platforms accordingly.


Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

Please note, CCIRC PGP key has recently been updated.

For general information, please contact Public Safety Canada's Public Affairs division at:

Telephone: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118
Fax: 613-998-9589

Date modified: