Fedora Core 3 : mailman-2.1.5-32.fc3 (2005-242)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 19630


The remote Fedora Core host is missing a security update.


A cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in the driver script of mailman prior to version 2.1.5 could allow remote attackers to execute scripts as other web users. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2004-1177 to this issue.

Users of mailman should update to this erratum package, which corrects this issue by turning on STEALTH_MODE by default and using Utils.websafe() to quote the html.

In addition this version of the rpm includes a utility script in /usr/share/doc/mailman-*/contrib/migrate-fhs that can be run if the user has installed an FC3 or FC4 mailman rpm over an older non-FHS compliant mailman installation. The script will aid in moving the file locations from the old directory structure to the new FHS mailman directory structure that are present in FC3, FC4, and RHEL4. Users who have installed mailman originally from FC3, FC4 or RHEL4 will not need to migration any file locations.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Fedora security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected mailman and / or mailman-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 19630

File Name: fedora_2005-242.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2005/09/12

Modified: 2015/10/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fedoraproject:fedora:mailman, p-cpe:/a:fedoraproject:fedora:mailman-debuginfo, cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora_core:3

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/03/22

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1177

FEDORA: 2005-242