Scientific Linux Security Update : sendmail on SL5.x i386/x86_64

high Nessus Plugin ID 60774


The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


The configuration of sendmail in Scientific Linux was found to not reject the 'localhost.localdomain' domain name for email messages that come from external hosts. This could allow remote attackers to disguise spoofed messages. (CVE-2006-7176)

A flaw was found in the way sendmail handled NUL characters in the CommonName field of X.509 certificates. An attacker able to get a carefully-crafted certificate signed by a trusted Certificate Authority could trick sendmail into accepting it by mistake, allowing the attacker to perform a man-in-the-middle attack or bypass intended client certificate authentication. (CVE-2009-4565)

Note: The CVE-2009-4565 issue only affected configurations using TLS with certificate verification and CommonName checking enabled, which is not a typical configuration.

This update also fixes the following bugs :

- sendmail was unable to parse files specified by the ServiceSwitchFile option which used a colon as a separator. (BZ#512871)

- sendmail incorrectly returned a zero exit code when free space was low. (BZ#299951)

- the sendmail manual page had a blank space between the
-qG option and parameter. (BZ#250552)

- the comments in the file specified the wrong path to SSL certificates. (BZ#244012)

- the sendmail packages did not provide the MTA capability. (BZ#494408)


Update the affected packages.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60774

File Name: sl_20100330_sendmail_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: 1.6

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/1/2012

Updated: 1/14/2021

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Low

Score: 3.4


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

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

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: 3/30/2010

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-7176, CVE-2009-4565

IAVA: 2010-A-0002

CWE: 310