Eric Allman Sendmail 8.8/8.8.1/8.8.2/8.8.3 Forward File privileges management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as problematic, has been found in Eric Allman Sendmail 8.8/8.8.1/8.8.2/8.8.3 (Mail Server Software). This issue affects an unknown code block of the component Forward File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-269. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The issue has been introduced in 09/26/1996. The weakness was released 12/03/1996. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-1999-0129. The exploitation is known to be easy. An attack has to be approached locally. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 67 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 11349 (Sendmail < 8.8.4 Group Write File Hardlink Privilege Escalation), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family SMTP problems.

Upgrading to version 8.8.4 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 715), X-Force (213), Vulnerability Center (SBV-670) and Tenable (11349). Entry connected to this vulnerability is available at 13785.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.9
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.7

VulDB Base Score: 5.9
VulDB Temp Score: 5.7
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Class: Privilege escalation
CWE: CWE-269
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: Yes
Remote: No

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Nessus ID: 11349
Nessus Name: Sendmail < 8.8.4 Group Write File Hardlink Privilege Escalation
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OpenVAS ID: 11349
OpenVAS Name: Sendmail Group Permissions Vulnerability
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Sendmail 8.8.4


09/26/1996 🔍
12/02/1996 +67 days 🔍
12/03/1996 +1 days 🔍
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01/21/2003 +2240 days 🔍
03/11/2003 +49 days 🔍
11/21/2012 +3543 days 🔍
06/17/2014 +573 days 🔍
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Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-1999-0129 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 715
X-Force: 213
Vulnerability Center: 670 - Berkeley Sendmail Allows Local Users to Gain Group Permissions, Low

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Created: 06/17/2014 05:45 PM
Updated: 07/03/2017 09:12 AM
Changes: (7) vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_av vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ac vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_au vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ci vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ii vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ai source_securityfocus
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