Sendmail .forward File Local Privilege Escalation

High Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 2010


The remote host is vulnerable to a flaw that allows for the bypassing of authentication.


The sendmail server may be vulnerable to a local privilege escalation vulnerability when using .forward files. A local attacker may use this flaw to escalate privileges up to 'root' level. *** Note that Sun did not increase the version number of Sendmail when patching Solaris 7 and 8, so this might be a false positive.


Upgrade or patch according to vendor recommendations.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 2010

Family: SMTP Servers

Published: 2004/08/18

Modified: 2016/11/23

Dependencies: 2046

Nessus ID: 11364

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

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


Base Score: 8.4

Temporal Score: 7.3


Temporal Vector: CVSS3#E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-1076

BID: 7033