MTA Open Mail Relaying Allowed (thorough test)

high Nessus Plugin ID 11852


An open SMTP relay is running on the remote host.


Nessus has detected that the remote SMTP server is insufficiently protected against mail relaying. This issue allows any spammer to use your mail server to send their mail to the world, thus flooding your network bandwidth and possibly getting your mail server blacklisted.


Reconfigure your SMTP server so that it cannot be used as an indiscriminate SMTP relay. Make sure that the server uses appropriate access controls to limit the extent to which relaying is possible.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 11852

File Name: smtp_relay2.nasl

Version: 1.25

Type: remote

Published: 9/26/2003

Updated: 8/3/2018

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.6

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:X/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/1/1990

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-1999-0512, CVE-2002-1278, CVE-2003-0285

BID: 7580, 8196, 83209