ClamAV clamav-milter black-hole-mode Sendmail Recipient Field Arbitrary Command Execution

high Nessus Plugin ID 29830


The remote mail server allows execution of arbitrary commands.


The remote host appears to be running a version of Clamav-milter, a filter for sendmail, configured with '--black-hole-mode' that fails to sanitize recipient addresses of shell metacharacters before using them in a call to 'popen()' to determine whether to discard incoming messages. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can leverage this issue to execute arbitrary code, typically as root.


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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 29830

File Name: clamav_milter_blackhole_cmd_exec.nasl

Version: 1.29

Type: remote

Published: 1/3/2008

Updated: 4/11/2022

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.6

Temporal Score: 6.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:clamav:clamav

Required KB Items: Settings/ThoroughTests

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 8/24/2007

Vulnerability Publication Date: 8/24/2007

Exploitable With

CANVAS (D2ExploitPack)

Metasploit (ClamAV Milter Blackhole-Mode Remote Code Execution)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-4560

BID: 25439

CWE: 78