Debian Security Advisory

DSA-513-1 log2mail -- format string

Date Reported:
03 Jun 2004
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 10460.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2004-0450.
More information: discovered a format string vulnerability in log2mail, whereby a user able to log a specially crafted message to a logfile monitored by log2mail (for example, via syslog) could cause arbitrary code to be executed with the privileges of the log2mail process. By default, this process runs as user 'log2mail', which is a member of group 'adm' (which has access to read system logfiles).

CAN-2004-0450: log2mail format string vulnerability via syslog(3) in printlog()

For the current stable distribution (woody), this problem has been fixed in version

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem will be fixed soon.

We recommend that you update your log2mail 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.