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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2009-3897

Dovecot 1.2.x before 1.2.8 sets 0777 permissions during creation of certain directories at installation time, which allows local users to access arbitrary user accounts by replacing the auth socket, related to the parent directories of the base_dir directory, and possibly the base_dir directory itself.
Publish Date : 2009-11-24 Last Update Date : 2017-08-17
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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 Low (Specialized access conditions or extenuating circumstances do not exist. Very little knowledge or skill is required to exploit. )
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s)
CWE ID 264

- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2009-3897 unix
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- Products Affected By CVE-2009-3897

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.4 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.5 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.6 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Dovecot Dovecot 1.2.7 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Dovecot Dovecot 8

- References For CVE-2009-3897
OSVDB 60316
SUSE SUSE-SR:2010:001
XF dovecot-basedir-privilege-escalation(54363)
VUPEN ADV-2009-3306
MLIST [oss-security] 20091123 Re: CVE request: v1.2.8 released to fix the 0777 base_dir creation issue
BID 37084 Dovecot Insecure 'base_dir' Permissions Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability Release Date:2010-01-19
MLIST [oss-security] 20091121 CVE Request - Dovecot - 1.2.8
MLIST [oss-security] 20091120 CVE request: v1.2.8 released to fix the 0777 base_dir creation issue
MLIST [oss-security] 20091123 Re: CVE Request - Dovecot - 1.2.8
MLIST [dovecot-news] 20091120 v1.2.8 released

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2009-3897

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