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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-1199

Dovecot before 1.0.11, when configured to use mail_extra_groups to allow Dovecot to create dotlocks in /var/mail, might allow local users to read sensitive mail files for other users, or modify files or directories that are writable by group, via a symlink attack.
Publish Date : 2008-03-06 Last Update Date : 2018-10-11
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Partial (There is considerable informational disclosure.)
Integrity Impact Partial (Modification of some system files or information is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what can be modified, or the scope of what the attacker can affect is limited.)
Availability Impact Partial (There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.)
Access Complexity Medium (The access conditions are somewhat specialized. Some preconditions must be satistified to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s)

- Vendor Statements

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: This issue does not affect the default configuration of Dovecot as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having moderate security impact, a future update may address this flaw. An update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 was released to correct this issue:
Source: Redhat

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat low
AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P 2008-03-01 2008-03-04
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
Dovecot before 1.0.11, when configured to use mail_extra_groups to allow Dovecot to create dotlocks in /var/mail, might ... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10739 unix
DSA-1516 dovecot -- privilege escalation oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8054 unix
DSA-1516-1 dovecot - privilege escalation oval:org.mitre.oval:def:18006 unix
ELSA-2008:0297: dovecot security and bug fix update (Low) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:22086 unix
RHSA-2008:0297: dovecot security and bug fix update (Low) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20080297 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-1199

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Dovecot Dovecot 0.99.13 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Dovecot Dovecot 0.99.14 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0 Rc29 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.beta3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc11 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc4 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc14 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc12 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc5 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.beta7 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc15 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc13 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.beta8 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
15 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc8 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
16 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc6 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
17 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
18 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
19 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc9 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
20 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc7 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
21 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.beta2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
22 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
23 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.rc10 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
24 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
25 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
26 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.4 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
27 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.5 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
28 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.6 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
29 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.7 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
30 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.8 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
31 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.9 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
32 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.0.10 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Dovecot Dovecot 32

- References For CVE-2008-1199
SUSE SUSE-SR:2008:020
GENTOO GLSA-200803-25
BID 28092 Dovecot 'mail_extra_groups' Insecure Settings Local Unauthorized Access Vulnerability Release Date:2008-10-07
MLIST [Dovecot-news] 20080504 v1.0.11 released
REDHAT RHSA-2008:0297
XF dovecot-mailextragroups-unauth-access(41009)
OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10739
BUGTRAQ 20080304 Dovecot mail_extra_groups setting is often used insecurely

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-1199

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