Exim < 4.72 Multiple Vulnerabilities

Medium Nessus Network Monitor Plugin ID 5557


The remote mail server is vulnerable to multiple attack vectors.


The remote host is running Exim, a message transfer agent.

Versions of Exim earlier than 4.72 are potentially affected by multiple vulnerabilities :

- An error when handling hardlinks within the mail directory during the email delivery process can be exploited to perform unauthorized actions. (CVE-2010-2023)

- When MBX locking is enabled, a race condition exists which could allow an attacker to change permissions of other non-rot users' files, leading to denial-of-service conditions or potentially privilege escalation. (CVE-2010-2024)


Upgrade to Exim 4.72 or later when it becomes available.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 5557

Family: SMTP Servers

Published: 2010/06/01

Updated: 2019/03/06

Dependencies: 2004, 2005

Nessus ID: 46783

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 4.4

Temporal Score: 3.6

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

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

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 4.8

Temporal Score: 4.4

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:L/I:L/A:L

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:exim:exim

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/05/24

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-2023, CVE-2010-2024

BID: 40451, 40454