Exim < 4.74 Local Privilege Escalation

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 51861


The remote mail server is potentially affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability.


The remote host is running Exim, a message transfer agent.

According to the version number in its banner, the installed version of Exim is earlier than 4.74 and thus potentially affected by a local privilege escalation vulnerability.

If the remote host is running Linux, attackers can exploit this issue to append arbitrary data to files through symbolic link attacks.
Successfully exploiting this issue allows local attackers with 'exim' run-time user privileges to perform certain actions with superuser privileges, leading to a complete compromise of an affected computer.


Upgrade to Exim 4.74 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 51861

File Name: exim_4_74.nasl

Version: 1.10

Type: remote

Published: 2011/02/03

Updated: 2018/07/10

Dependencies: 10263

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:exim:exim

Required KB Items: Settings/ParanoidReport, SMTP/exim

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2011/01/25

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2011/01/25

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2011-0017

BID: 46065