Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : shadow-utils (MDKSA-2003:026)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 14010


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


The shadow-utils package contains the tool useradd, which is used to create or update new user information. When useradd creates an account, it would create it with improper permissions; instead of having it owned by the group mail, it would be owned by the user's primary group. If this is a shared group (ie. 'users'), then all members of the shared group would be able to obtain access to the mail spools of other members of the same group. A patch to useradd has been applied to correct this problem.


Update the affected shadow-utils package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 14010

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-026.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.15 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 3.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:shadow-utils, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:9.0

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2003/02/26

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-1509

MDKSA: 2003:026