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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2007-6598

Original release date: 01/03/2008
Last revised: 03/07/2011


Dovecot before 1.0.10, with certain configuration options including use of %variables, does not properly maintain the LDAP+auth cache, which might allow remote authenticated users to login as a different user who has the same password.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.8 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network 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)
This issue did not affect versions of Dovecot as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux before version 5. 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: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0297
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080103 Re: rPSA-2008-0001-1 dovecot
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10458
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080103 rPSA-2008-0001-1 dovecot
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-0017
External Source: BID
Name: 27093
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://issues.rpath.com/browse/RPL-2076
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-567-1
External Source: MLIST
Name: [Dovecot-news] 20071229 v1.0.10 released
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1457
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2008:020
External Source: MLIST
Name: [Dovecot-news] 20071221 Security hole #4: Specific LDAP + auth cache configuration may mix up user logins

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10458
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

Vulnerable software and versions

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cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.9 and previous versions

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Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)
  • Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control (CWE-264)