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Vulnerability Assessment Details

Sendmail custom configuration file

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Checks the version number for 'custom config file'

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote sendmail server, according to its version number,
may be vulnerable to a 'Mail System Compromise' when a
user supplies a custom configuration file.
Although the mail server is suppose to run as a lambda user,
a programming error permits the local attacker to regain the extra
dropped rights and run commands as root.

Solution : upgrade to the latest version of Sendmail
Network Security Threat Level: High
Note : This vulnerability is _local_ only

Networks Security ID: 3377

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2002 Michel Arboi

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