AIX bellmail Advisory : bellmail_advisory.asc (IV91006) (IV91007) (IV91008) (IV91010) (IV91011)

high Nessus Plugin ID 102120


The remote AIX host has a version of bellmail installed that is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability.


The version of bellmail installed on the remote AIX host is affected by a privilege escalation vulnerability due the use of insecure permissions. A local attacker can exploit this, via a specially crafted command, to gain root privileges.


A fix is available and can be downloaded from the IBM AIX website.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 102120

File Name: aix_bellmail_advisory.nasl

Version: 3.9

Type: local

Published: 8/3/2017

Updated: 1/4/2021

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.6

Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-8972


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:P/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:ibm:aix, x-cpe:/a:bellmail:bellmail

Required KB Items: Host/AIX/lslpp, Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/AIX/version

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/15/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/15/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-8972

BID: 94979

EDB-ID: 40950