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CVE-2008-4977 Detail

Description

** DISPUTED ** postfix_groups.pl in Postfix 2.5.2 allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the (1) /tmp/postfix_groups.stdout, (2) /tmp/postfix_groups.stderr, and (3) /tmp/postfix_groups.message temporary files. NOTE: the vendor disputes this vulnerability, stating "This is not a real issue ... users would have to edit a script under /usr/lib to enable it."

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  11/06/2008

Quick Info

CVE Dictionary Entry:
CVE-2008-4977
Original release date:
11/06/2008
Last revised:
11/06/2008
Source:
US-CERT/NIST

Impact

CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score:
6.9 MEDIUM
Vector:
(AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
Impact Subscore:
10.0
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 (11/06/2008)

Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of postfix as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4, or 5. Mentioned script is not part of the official postfix distribution and is not included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux postfix packages.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name
http://bugs.debian.org/496401 External Source MISC http://bugs.debian.org/496401
http://dev.gentoo.org/~rbu/security/debiantemp/postfix Exploit External Source MISC http://dev.gentoo.org/~rbu/security/debiantemp/postfix
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2008/10/30/2 External Source MLIST [oss-security] 20081030 CVE requests: tempfile issues for aview, mgetty, openoffice, crossfire
https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=235770 External Source MISC https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=235770
https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=235811 External Source MISC https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=235811

Technical Details

Vulnerability Type (View All)

Vulnerable software and versions Switch to CPE 2.2

Configuration 1
OR
cpe:2.3:a:postfix:postfix:2.5.2:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

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