High Nessus Plugin ID 16454
SynopsisThe remote host is missing a vendor-supplied security patch
DescriptionThe remote host is missing the patch for the advisory SUSE-SA:2005:007 (mailman).
Mailman is a flexible mailing list management tool. It provides mail controlled subscription front ends and also includes CGI scripts to handle subscription, moderation and archive retrieval and other options.
Due to incomplete input validation the 'private' CGI script which handles archive retrieval could be used to read any file on the system, including the configuration database of the mailman lists which include passwords in plain text. A remote attacker just needs a valid account on one mailing list managed by this mailman instance.
This update fixes this problem and is tracked under the Mitre CVE ID CVE-2005-0202.
Please see section (3), 'special instructions and notes'.
Our previous mailman update (only announced in the SUSE Summary Report) additionally fixed the following two security problems:
- a cross site scripting problem (CVE-2004-1177)
- too weak auto generated passwords (CVE-2004-1143)
This previous security fix requires the additional 'python-xml' RPM which was not required before.