Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : postfix (MDKSA-2003:081)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14063


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


Two vulnerabilities were discovered in the postfix MTA by Michal Zalewski. Versions prior to 1.1.12 would allow an attacker to bounce- scan private networks or use the daemon as a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) tool by forcing the daemon to connect to an arbitrary service at an arbitrary IP address and receiving either a bounce message or by timing. As well, versions prior to 1.1.12 have a bug where a malformed envelope address can cause the queue manager to lock up until an entry is removed from the queue and also lock up the SMTP listener leading to a DoS.

Postfix version 1.1.13 corrects these issues. The provided packages have been patched to fix the vulnerabilities.


Update the affected postfix package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14063

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-081.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:postfix, 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: 2003/08/04

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0468, CVE-2003-0540

MDKSA: 2003:081