FreeBSD : mailman -- generated passwords are poor quality (b3cd00f7-c0c5-452d-87bc-086c5635333e)

High Nessus Plugin ID 19088


The remote FreeBSD host is missing one or more security-related updates.


Florian Weimer wrote :

Mailman 2.1.5 uses weak auto-generated passwords for new subscribers.
These passwords are assigned when members subscribe without specifying their own password (either by email or the web frontend). Knowledge of this password allows an attacker to gain access to the list archive even though she's not a member and the archive is restricted to members only. [...]

This means that only about 5 million different passwords are ever generated, a number that is in the range of brute-force attacks -- you only have to guess one subscriber address (which is usually not that hard).


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 19088

File Name: freebsd_pkg_b3cd00f7c0c5452d87bc086c5635333e.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/07/13

Modified: 2013/12/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:ja-mailman, p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:mailman, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/FreeBSD/release, Host/FreeBSD/pkg_info

Patch Publication Date: 2005/06/01

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/12/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1143