Berkeley Sendmail up to 8.7.5 memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Berkeley Sendmail up to 8.7.5 (Mail Server Software). It has been classified as critical. Affected is an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

buffer overflow and denial of service in sendmail 8.7.5 and earlier through gecos field gives root access to local users.

The weakness was presented 09/11/1996 by Mudge with L0pht as not defined posting (Bugtraq). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-1999-0131. Local access is required to approach this attack. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 07/03/2017). This vulnerability has a historic impact due to its background and reception.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 11347 (Sendmail < 8.7.6 Multiple Local Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SMTP problems.

Upgrading to version 8.7.6 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 6 days after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 717), X-Force (428), Vulnerability Center (SBV-689) and Tenable (11347). See 13755 for similar entry.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 9.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 8.9

VulDB Base Score: 9.3
VulDB Temp Score: 8.9
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
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Nessus ID: 11347
Nessus Name: Sendmail < 8.7.6 Multiple Local Vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 11347
OpenVAS Name: Sendmail Local Starvation and Overflow
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Upgrade: Sendmail 8.7.6


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Researcher: Mudge
Organization: L0pht
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0131 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 717 - Berkeley Sendmail Starvation and Overflow Vulnerabilities
X-Force: 428
Vulnerability Center: 689 - Buffer Overflow in Berkeley Sendmail Enables DoS or Local Root Privilege, Medium

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Created: 06/17/2014 05:24 PM
Updated: 07/03/2017 09:11 AM
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