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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-4578

Original release date: 10/15/2008
Last revised: 03/07/2011


The ACL plugin in Dovecot before 1.1.4 allows attackers to bypass intended access restrictions by using the "k" right to create unauthorized "parent/child/child" mailboxes.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 5.0 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 10.0
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized modification

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Official Statement from Red Hat (10/24/2008)
The risks associated with fixing this bug are greater than the low severity security risk. We therefore currently have no plans to fix this flaw in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

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External Source: MLIST
Name: [Dovecot-news] 20081005 v1.1.4 released
Type: Patch Information
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=240409
External Source: BID
Name: 31587
External Source: XF
Name: dovecot-acl-mailbox-security-bypass(45669)
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200812-16
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2745
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20081119 Re: [ MDVSA-2008:232 ] dovecot
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:232

Vulnerable software and versions

+ Configuration 1
+ OR
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.1:rc2
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.12
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.1
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc15
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc14
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc17
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc16
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc19
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc18
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc20
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc2
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.7
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc22
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.6
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc21
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.10
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc24
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.8
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc23
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc26
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.9
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc25
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc28
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc27
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.2
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta1
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0_rc29
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:0.99.13
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta2
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:0.99.14
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta3
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.3
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta4
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.4
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta5
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.5
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta6
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta7
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta8
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.beta9
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc1
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc10
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc11
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc12
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc13
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc5
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc6
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc3
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc4
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc9
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc7
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.0.rc8
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.1.0
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.1.1
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.1.2
* cpe:/a:dovecot:dovecot:1.1.3 and previous versions

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Technical Details

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