FreeBSD : squirrelmail -- Session hijacking vulnerability (a0afb4b9-89a1-11dd-a65b-00163e000016)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 34271


The remote FreeBSD host is missing a security-related update.


Hanno Boeck reports :

When configuring a web application to use only ssl (e.g. by forwarding all http-requests to https), a user would expect that sniffing and hijacking the session is impossible.

Though, for this to be secure, one needs to set the session cookie to have the secure flag. Otherwise the cookie will be transferred through HTTP if the victim's browser does a single HTTP request on the same domain.

Squirrelmail does not set that flag. It is fixed in the 1.5 test versions, but current 1.4.15 is vulnerable.


Update the affected package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 34271

File Name: freebsd_pkg_a0afb4b989a111dda65b00163e000016.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/09/24

Modified: 2016/05/05

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 4.3

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:freebsd:freebsd:squirrelmail, cpe:/o:freebsd:freebsd

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/09/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2008/08/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-3663

BID: 31321

CWE: 310