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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-2937

Original release date: 08/18/2008
Last revised: 09/06/2011


Postfix 2.5 before 2.5.4 and 2.6 before 2.6-20080814 delivers to a mailbox file even when this file is not owned by the recipient, which allows local users to read e-mail messages by creating a mailbox file corresponding to another user's account name.


Please refer to the following links for additional version information (vendor release notes): Postfix 2.5 - ftp://mirrors.loonybin.net/pub/postfix/official/postfix-2.5.4.RELEASE_NOTES Postfix 2.6 - ftp://mirrors.loonybin.net/pub/postfix/experimental/postfix-2.6-20080814.RELEASE_NOTES


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 1.9 LOW
Impact Subscore: 2.9
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

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (08/19/2008)
Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=456347 The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here: http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/

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External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-8593
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-8595
External Source: BID
Name: 30691
Type: Patch Information
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2009:224
External Source: XF
Name: postfix-email-information-disclosure(44461)
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200808-12
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: ftp://ftp.porcupine.org/mirrors/postfix-release/experimental/postfix-2.6-20080814.HISTORY
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://issues.rpath.com/browse/RPL-2689
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: ftp://ftp.porcupine.org/mirrors/postfix-release/official/postfix-2.5.4.HISTORY
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20080821 rPSA-2008-0259-1 postfix
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2385
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2008:040
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2011:0422
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://wiki.rpath.com/Advisories:rPSA-2008-0259

Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)
  • Information Leak / Disclosure (CWE-200)