Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 14.04 LTS / 14.10 : mailman vulnerability (USN-2558-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 82644


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that Mailman incorrectly handled special characters in list names. A local attacker could use this issue to perform a path traversal attack and execute arbitrary code as the Mailman user.

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


Update the affected mailman package.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 82644

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2558-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.6 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2015/04/08

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.6

Temporal Score: 5.6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mailman, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.04:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2015/04/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2015-2775

BID: 73922

OSVDB: 120120

USN: 2558-1