Debian Security Advisory

DSA-436-1 mailman -- several vulnerabilities

Date Reported:
08 Feb 2004
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 9336, BugTraq ID 9620.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2003-0991, CVE-2003-0965, CVE-2003-0038.
More information:

Several vulnerabilities have been fixed in the mailman package:

  • CAN-2003-0038 - potential cross-site scripting via certain CGI parameters (not known to be exploitable in this version)
  • CAN-2003-0965 - cross-site scripting in the administrative interface
  • CAN-2003-0991 - certain malformed email commands could cause the mailman process to crash

The cross-site scripting vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to perform administrative operations without authorization, by stealing a session cookie.

For the current stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in version 2.0.11-1woody7.

For the unstable distribution (sid), CAN-2003-0965 is fixed in version 2.1.4-1, and CAN-2003-0038 in version 2.1.1-1. CAN-2003-0991 will be fixed soon.

We recommend that you update your mailman package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the revised advisory.