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Vulnerability Assessment Details
Checks for Mailman private.py Directory Traversal Vulnerability
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
Authenticated Mailman users can view arbitrary files on the remote
According to its version number, the remote installation of Mailman
reportedly is prone to a directory traversal vulnerability in
'Cgi/private.py'. 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 :
Upgrade to Mailman 2.1.6b1 or apply the fix referenced in the first
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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