CentOS 4 : exim (CESA-2010:0970)

High Nessus Plugin ID 51780

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VPR Score: 7.4


The remote CentOS host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated exim packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7, 5.3, and 5.4 Extended Update Support.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having critical security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

Exim is a mail transport agent (MTA) developed at the University of Cambridge for use on Unix systems connected to the Internet.

A buffer overflow flaw was discovered in Exim's internal string_vformat() function. A remote attacker could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code on the mail server running Exim.

Note: successful exploitation would allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code as root on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or 5 system that is running the Exim mail server. An exploit for this issue is known to exist.

For additional information regarding this flaw, along with mitigation advice, please see the Knowledge Base article linked to in the References section of this advisory.

Users of Exim are advised to update to these erratum packages which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. After installing this update, the Exim daemon will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected exim packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 51780

File Name: centos_RHSA-2010-0970.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2011/01/28

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

VPR Score: 7.4

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:exim, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:exim-doc, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:exim-mon, p-cpe:/a:centos:centos:exim-sa, cpe:/o:centos:centos:4

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/CentOS/release, Host/CentOS/rpm-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/01/27

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/12/14

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Exim4 string_format Function Heap Buffer Overflow)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-4344

BID: 45308

RHSA: 2010:0970