Fedora Core 3 : mailman-2.1.5-30.fc3 (2005-132)

High Nessus Plugin ID 62254


The remote Fedora Core host is missing a security update.


There is a critical security flaw in Mailman 2.1.5 which will allow attackers to read arbitrary files.

The extent of the vulnerability depends on what version of Apache (httpd) you are running, and (possibly) how you have configured your web server. It is believed the vulnerability is not available when Mailman is paired with a version of Apache >= 2.0, however earlier versions of Apache, e.g. version 1.3, will allow the exploit when executing a Mailman CGI script. All versions of Fedora have shipped with the later 2.0 version of Apache and thus if you are running a Fedora release you are not likely to be vulnerable to the exploit unless you have explicitly downgraded the version of your web server.
However, installing this version of mailman with a security patch represents a prudent safeguard.

This issue has been assigned CVE number CVE-2005-0202.

The bug report associated with this is:

The errata associated with this for RHEL releases is:

For additional peace of mind, it is recommended that you regenerate your list member passwords. Instructions on how to do this, and more information about this vulnerability are available here :


Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Fedora security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected mailman and / or mailman-debuginfo packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 62254

File Name: fedora_2005-132.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.5 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/09/24

Modified: 2015/10/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:fedoraproject:fedora:mailman, p-cpe:/a:fedoraproject:fedora:mailman-debuginfo, cpe:/o:fedoraproject:fedora_core:3

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/02/10

Reference Information

FEDORA: 2005-132