GLSA-200409-32 : getmail: Filesystem overwrite vulnerability

Low Nessus Plugin ID 14809


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200409-32 (getmail: Filesystem overwrite vulnerability)

David Watson discovered a vulnerability in getmail when it is configured to run as root and deliver mail to the maildirs/mbox files of untrusted local users. A malicious local user can then exploit a race condition, or a similar symlink attack, and potentially cause getmail to create or overwrite files in any directory on the system.
Impact :

An untrusted local user could potentially create or overwrite files in any directory on the system. This vulnerability may also be exploited to have arbitrary commands executed as root.
Workaround :

Do not run getmail as a privileged user; or, in version 4, use an external MDA with explicitly configured user and group privileges.


All getmail users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge sync # emerge -pv '>=net-mail/getmail-4.2.0' # emerge '>=net-mail/getmail-4.2.0'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 14809

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200409-32.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/09/24

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.1

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:getmail, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2004/09/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/09/19

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0880, CVE-2004-0881

OSVDB: 10072

GLSA: 200409-32