Ubuntu 4.10 : mailman vulnerabilities (USN-78-2)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 20701


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Ubuntu Security Announce USN-78-1 described a path traversal vulnerability in the 'private' module of Mailman. Unfortunately this updated mailman package was broken so that the 'private' module could not be executed at all any more. The latest package version fixes this.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

For reference, this is the description of the original USN :

An path traversal vulnerability has been discovered in the 'private' module of Mailman. A flawed path sanitation algorithm allowed the construction of URLS to arbitrary files readable by Mailman. This allowed a remote attacker to retrieve configuration and password databases, private list archives, and other files.

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


Update the affected mailman package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 20701

File Name: ubuntu_USN-78-2.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2006/01/15

Modified: 2016/05/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mailman, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:4.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0202

USN: 78-2