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Category:   Application (E-mail Server)  >   Mailman Vendors:   GNU [multiple authors]
(Debian Issues Fix) Mailman Input Validation Flaw in Admin Pages Permit Cross-Site Scripting Attacks
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1008982
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1008982
CVE Reference:   CAN-2003-0965   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Feb 22 2004
Original Entry Date:  Feb 9 2004
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 2.1.4
Description:   An input validation vulnerability was reported in Mailman. A remote user can conduct cross-site scripting attacks.

In December 2003, it was reported it was reported that the admin pages permit cross-site scripting attacks. A remote user can cause arbitrary scripting code to be executed by the target user's browser. The code will originate from the site running the Mailman software and will run in the security context of that site. As a result, the code will be able to access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site, access data recently submitted by the target user via web form to the site, or take actions on the site acting as the target user.

Impact:   A remote user can access the target user's cookies (including authentication cookies), if any, associated with the site running the Mailman software, access data recently submitted by the target user via web form to the site, or take actions on the site acting as the target user.
Solution:   [Editor's note: Debian has indicated that the fix described in DSA 436-1 contains a flaw. They have issued a new fix (DSA 436-2), which is described in our Alert ID 1009163; see the Message History.]

Debian has released a fix for the current stable distribution (woody) in version 2.0.11-1woody7. For the unstable distribution (sid), CAN-2003-0965 is fixed in version 2.1.4-1.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody:

Source archives:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 595 c065353b3cc8462611f585c6eb5ccc43
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7.diff.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 31726 c7b00ed98949a0c1a6ad45a6ba22023d
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11.orig.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 415129 915264cb1ac8d7b78ea9eff3ba38ee04

Alpha architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_alpha.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 461206 9aa80ef9631d05c03282140cdf7f6a99

ARM architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_arm.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 458902 abdcfec853f9601645a8bd0929c03531

Intel IA-32 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_i386.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 458912 51f87418e0e3f56c7b7a5905a4457b3a

Intel IA-64 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_ia64.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 461720 3a0b6936743fea1b99792809fe30fd45

HP Precision architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_hppa.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 459454 0df2f1cb9abbce760a6e01e7cc0ff96f

Motorola 680x0 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_m68k.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 458996 8333eb0b5eefea56922952e21d6fa1a7

Big endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_mips.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 459442 9f10739182c97b12fea781bb6e6bd0bb

Little endian MIPS architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_mipsel.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 459336 a091672c96a16bfc42d807b4a2a99a11

PowerPC architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_powerpc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 459744 09e1f59de9a974e43ce1f4616546d4e5

IBM S/390 architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_s390.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 459750 e868d1807361981e8902ae859a1f044f

Sun Sparc architecture:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_sparc.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 464212 634004546cf05739d91146dde8910701

Vendor URL:  www.gnu.org/software/mailman/mailman.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:   Linux (Debian)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Feb 6 2004 Mailman Input Validation Flaw in Admin Pages Permit Cross-Site Scripting Attacks



 Source Message Contents

Date:  Sun, 8 Feb 2004 14:46:29 -0800
Subject:  [SECURITY] [DSA 436-1] New mailman packages fix several vulnerabilities


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Hash: SHA1

- --------------------------------------------------------------------------
Debian Security Advisory DSA 436-1                     security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                             Matt Zimmerman
February 8th, 2004                      http://www.debian.org/security/faq
- --------------------------------------------------------------------------

Package        : mailman
Vulnerability  : several
Problem-Type   : remote
Debian-specific: no
CVE Ids        : CAN-2003-0991 CAN-2003-0965 CAN-2003-0038

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.

Upgrade Instructions
- --------------------

wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
        will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
        will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
- --------------------------------

  Source archives:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7.dsc
      Size/MD5 checksum:      595 c065353b3cc8462611f585c6eb5ccc43
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7.diff.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:    31726 c7b00ed98949a0c1a6ad45a6ba22023d
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11.orig.tar.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:   415129 915264cb1ac8d7b78ea9eff3ba38ee04

  Alpha architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_alpha.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   461206 9aa80ef9631d05c03282140cdf7f6a99

  ARM architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_arm.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   458902 abdcfec853f9601645a8bd0929c03531

  Intel IA-32 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_i386.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   458912 51f87418e0e3f56c7b7a5905a4457b3a

  Intel IA-64 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_ia64.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   461720 3a0b6936743fea1b99792809fe30fd45

  HP Precision architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_hppa.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   459454 0df2f1cb9abbce760a6e01e7cc0ff96f

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_m68k.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   458996 8333eb0b5eefea56922952e21d6fa1a7

  Big endian MIPS architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_mips.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   459442 9f10739182c97b12fea781bb6e6bd0bb

  Little endian MIPS architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_mipsel.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   459336 a091672c96a16bfc42d807b4a2a99a11

  PowerPC architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_powerpc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   459744 09e1f59de9a974e43ce1f4616546d4e5

  IBM S/390 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_s390.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   459750 e868d1807361981e8902ae859a1f044f

  Sun Sparc architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/mailman/mailman_2.0.11-1woody7_sparc.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:   464212 634004546cf05739d91146dde8910701

  These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
  its next revision.

- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and http://packages.debian.org/<pkg>
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