Scientific Linux Security Update : squirrelmail on SL3.x, SL4.x, SL5.x i386/x86_64

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 60519


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing a security update.


Ivan Markovic discovered a cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw in SquirrelMail caused by insufficient HTML mail sanitization. A remote attacker could send a specially crafted HTML mail or attachment that could cause a user's Web browser to execute a malicious script in the context of the SquirrelMail session when that email or attachment was opened by the user. (CVE-2008-2379)

It was discovered that SquirrelMail allowed cookies over insecure connections (ie did not restrict cookies to HTTPS connections). An attacker who controlled the communication channel between a user and the SquirrelMail server, or who was able to sniff the user's network communication, could use this flaw to obtain the user's session cookie, if a user made an HTTP request to the server. (CVE-2008-3663)

Note: After applying this update, all session cookies set for SquirrelMail sessions started over HTTPS connections will have the 'secure' flag set. That is, browsers will only send such cookies over an HTTPS connection. If needed, you can revert to the previous behavior by setting the configuration option '$only_secure_cookies' to 'false' in SquirrelMail's /etc/squirrelmail/config.php configuration file.


Update the affected squirrelmail package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 60519

File Name: sl_20090112_squirrelmail_on_SL3_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/12/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2009/01/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2379, CVE-2008-3663

CWE: 79, 310