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Mailman Directory Traversal Vulnerability

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Checks for Mailman Directory Traversal Vulnerability

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

Summary :

Authenticated Mailman users can view arbitrary files on the remote

Description :

According to its version number, the remote installation of Mailman
reportedly is prone to a directory traversal vulnerability in
'Cgi/'. The flaw comes into play only on web servers that
don't strip extraneous slashes from URLs, such as Apache 1.3.x, and
permits a list subscriber, using a specially crafted web request, to
retrieve arbitrary files from the server - any file accessible by the
user under which the web server operates, including email addresses
and passwords of subscribers of any lists hosted on the server. For
example, if '$user' and '$pass' identify a subscriber of the list
'$listname@$target', then the following URL :


permits access to archives for the mailing list named 'mailman' for
which the user might not otherwise be entitled.

See also :

Solution :

Upgrade to Mailman 2.1.6b1 or apply the fix referenced in the first
URL above.

Network Security Threat Level:

Low / CVSS Base Score : 2

Networks Security ID: 12504

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2005 George A. Theall

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