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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-1199

Original release date: 03/06/2008
Last revised: 08/21/2010
Source: US-CERT/NIST

Overview

Dovecot before 1.0.11, when configured to use mail_extra_groups to allow Dovecot to create dotlocks in /var/mail, might allow local users to read sensitive mail files for other users, or modify files or directories that are writable by group, via a symlink attack.

Impact

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.4 (MEDIUM) (AV:L/AC:M/AU:N/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 3.4
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (05/21/2008)
Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2008-1199 This issue does not affect the default configuration of Dovecot as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having moderate security impact, a future update may address this flaw. An update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 was released to correct this issue: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0297.html

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External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-2475
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 29385
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 29557
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080304 Dovecot mail_extra_groups setting is often used insecurely
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0297
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1516
External Source: BID
Name: 28092
Type: Patch Information
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 30342
External Source: MLIST
Name: [Dovecot-news] 20080504 v1.0.11 released
Type: Patch Information
External Source: XF
Name: dovecot-mailextragroups-unauth-access(41009)
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 29226
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 32151
External Source: SECUNIA
Name: 29396
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2008:020
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-593-1
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200803-25
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-2464
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10739

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10739
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

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