Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 8.04 LTS / 9.10 : exim4 vulnerability (USN-1032-1)

high Nessus Plugin ID 51136


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


Sergey Kononenko and Eugene Bujak discovered that Exim did not correctly truncate string expansions. A remote attacker could send specially crafted email traffic to run arbitrary code as the Exim user, which could also lead to root privileges.

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 packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 51136

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1032-1.nasl

Version: 1.17

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 12/12/2010

Updated: 3/28/2022

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment AWS, Frictionless Assessment Azure, Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Agentless Assessment, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-base, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-config, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-custom, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-heavy, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-heavy-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-light, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-daemon-light-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-dbg, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:exim4-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:eximon4, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/10/2010

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/14/2010

CISA Known Exploited Vulnerability Due Dates: 4/15/2022

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Exim4 string_format Function Heap Buffer Overflow)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4344

BID: 45308

USN: 1032-1