Patch  oval:org.mitre.oval:def:8054
DSA-1516 dovecot -- privilege escalation  

Prior to this update, the default configuration for Dovecot used by Debian runs the server daemons with group mail privileges. This means that users with write access to their mail directory on the server (for example, through an SSH login) could read and also delete via a symbolic link mailboxes owned by other users for which they do not have direct access (CVE-2008-1199). In addition, an internal interpretation conflict in password handling has been addressed proactively, even though it is not known to be exploitable (CVE-2008-1218). Note that applying this update requires manual action: The configuration setting mail_extra_groups = mail has been replaced with mail_privileged_group = mail. The update will show a configuration file conflict in /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf. It is recommended that you keep the currently installed configuration file, and change the affected line. For your reference, the sample configuration (without your local changes) will have been written to /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf.dpkg-new. If your current configuration uses mail_extra_groups with a value different from mail, you may have to resort to the mail_access_groups configuration directive.
Create Date: 2009-12-15 Last Update Date: 2014-06-23

Affected Platforms/Products

Affected Products (CPE + CVE references)
Platforms: unix (from OVAL definitions) Products: unix
  • Debian GNU/Linux 4.0
  • dovecot

References

Criteria

The patch should be installed
IF : All of the following are true
Prerequisites (Extended Definitions)
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 is installed. oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6461
IF : Any one of the following are true Packages section
IF : dovecot-imapd is earlier than 1.0.rc15-2etch4
Linux : Debian DPKG Test :  dovecot-imapd is earlier than 1.0.rc15-2etch4 
At least one of the objects listed below must exist on the system (Existence check)
Linux : Debian DPKG Package dovecot-imapd package information
dovecot-imapd
RPM Version less than 0:1.0.rc15-2etch4 (datatype=evr_string)
linux : dpkginfo_state 
IF : dovecot-common is earlier than 1.0.rc15-2etch4
Linux : Debian DPKG Test :  dovecot-common is earlier than 1.0.rc15-2etch4 
At least one of the objects listed below must exist on the system (Existence check)
Linux : Debian DPKG Package dovecot-common package information
dovecot-common
RPM Version less than 0:1.0.rc15-2etch4 (datatype=evr_string)
linux : dpkginfo_state 
IF : dovecot-pop3d is earlier than 1.0.rc15-2etch4
Linux : Debian DPKG Test :  dovecot-pop3d is earlier than 1.0.rc15-2etch4 
At least one of the objects listed below must exist on the system (Existence check)
Linux : Debian DPKG Package dovecot-pop3d package information
dovecot-pop3d
RPM Version less than 0:1.0.rc15-2etch4 (datatype=evr_string)
linux : dpkginfo_state 

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