GLSA-201607-12 : Exim: Arbitrary code execution

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 92482


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201607-12 (Exim: Arbitrary code execution)

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in Exim’s implementation of set-uid root and when using ‘perl_startup’. These vulnerabilities require a user account on the Exim server and a configuration that does lookups against files to which the user has edit access.
Impact :

A local attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the process, or escalate privileges.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Exim users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=mail-mta/exim-4.87'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 92482

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201607-12.nasl

Version: Revision: 2.1

Type: local

Published: 2016/07/21

Updated: 2016/07/21

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:exim, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2016/07/20

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-2972

GLSA: 201607-12