GLSA-201009-02 : Maildrop: privilege escalation

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 49115


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201009-02 (Maildrop: privilege escalation)

Christoph Anton Mitterer reported that maildrop does not properly drop its privileges when run as root.
Impact :

A local attacker could create a specially crafted .mailfilter file, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary commands with the 'root' group privileges. NOTE: Successful exploitation requires that maildrop is run as root with the -d option.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All maildrop users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=mail-filter/maildrop-2.4.2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 49115

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201009-02.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Published: 2010/09/07

Modified: 2016/10/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:maildrop, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/09/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0301

OSVDB: 61986

GLSA: 201009-02

CWE: 264