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Vulnerability Assessment Details
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
Due to an incompatibility between Python 1.5 and 2.1 the last mailman
update did not run with Python 1.5 anymore. This problem is corrected
with this update. This advisory only updates the packages updated
with DSA 674-2. The version in unstable is not affected since it is
not supposed to work with Python 1.5 anymore. For completeness below
is the original advisory text:
Two security related problems have been discovered in mailman,
web-based GNU mailing list manager. The Common Vulnerabilities and
Exposures project identifies the following problems:
Florian Weimer discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability in
mailman's automatically generated error messages. A possible hacker
embedded into HTML) which triggered a mailman error page that
would include the malicious code verbatim.
Several listmasters have noticed unauthorised access to archives
of private lists and the list configuration itself, including the
users passwords. Administrators are advised to check the
webserver logfiles for requests that contain "/...../" and the
path to the archives or configuration. This does only seem to
affect installations running on web servers that do not strip
slashes, such as Apache 1.3.
For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in
For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in
We recommend that you upgrade your mailman package.
Solution : http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-674
Network Security Threat Level: High
Networks Security ID:
Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is (C) 2005 Michel Arboi
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