Oracle Linux 5 : dovecot (ELSA-2009-0205)

high Nessus Plugin ID 180610


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


The remote Oracle Linux 5 host has a package installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities as referenced in the ELSA-2009-0205 advisory.

- The ACL plugin in Dovecot before 1.1.4 treats negative access rights as if they are positive access rights, which allows attackers to bypass intended access restrictions. (CVE-2008-4577)

- dovecot 1.0.7 in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5, and possibly Fedora, uses world-readable permissions for dovecot.conf, which allows local users to obtain the ssl_key_password parameter value. (CVE-2008-4870)

Note that Nessus has not tested for these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Update the affected dovecot package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 180610

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2009-0205.nasl

Version: 1.2

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 9/7/2023

Updated: 1/22/2024

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 4.4


Risk Factor: Medium

Base Score: 6.4

Temporal Score: 4.7

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2008-4577


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 6.5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5, p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:dovecot

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/OracleLinux

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/27/2009

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/5/2008

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4577, CVE-2008-4870