[Security] Fedora Core 2 Update: mailman-2.1.5-8.fc2

John Dennis jdennis at redhat.com
Thu Feb 10 15:33:38 UTC 2005

Fedora Update Notification

Product     : Fedora Core 2
Name        : mailman
Version     : 2.1.5                      
Release     : 8.fc2                  
Summary     : Mailing list manager with built in Web access.
Description :
Mailman is software to help manage email discussion lists, much like
Majordomo and Smartmail. Unlike most similar products, Mailman gives
each mailing list a webpage, and allows users to subscribe,
unsubscribe, etc. over the Web. Even the list manager can administer
his or her list entirely from the Web. Mailman also integrates most
things people want to do with mailing lists, including archiving, mail
<-> news gateways, and so on.

Documentation can be found in: /usr/share/doc/mailman-2.1.5

Update Information:

There is a critical security flaw in Mailman 2.1.5 which will allow
attackers to read arbitrary files.

The extent of the vulnerability depends on what version of Apache
(httpd) you are running, and (possibly) how you have configured your
web server. It is believed the vulnerability is not available when
Mailman is paired with a version of Apache >= 2.0, however earlier
versions of Apache, e.g. version 1.3, will allow the exploit when
executing a Mailman CGI script. All versions of Fedora have shipped
with the later 2.0 version of Apache and thus if you are running a
Fedora release you are not likely to be vulnerable to the exploit
unless you have explicitly downgraded the version of your web
server. However, installing this version of mailman with a security
patch represents a prudent safeguard.

This issue has been assigned CVE number CAN-2005-0202.

The bug report associated with this is:

The errata associated with this for RHEL releases is:

For additional piece of mind, it is recommended that you regenerate
your list member passwords.  Instructions on how to do this, and more
information about this vulnerability are available here:


* Tue Feb 08 2005 John Dennis <jdennis at redhat.com> - 3:2.1.5-8.fc2

- fix security vulnerability CAN-2005-0202, errata RHSA-2005:136, bug #147343

This update can be downloaded from:

4664674e6a2f8cf94457f87541f6fdee  SRPMS/mailman-2.1.5-8.fc2.src.rpm
c66f11090b5c284d5e5d0b804e844788  x86_64/mailman-2.1.5-8.fc2.x86_64.rpm
9f79a60e105043526ea9fe0b951c4310  x86_64/debug/mailman-debuginfo-2.1.5-8.fc2.x86_64.rpm
c9537949ed7ee6c9a96316d72277bbe4  i386/mailman-2.1.5-8.fc2.i386.rpm
52e1f9a0ec60bc34c84f52f8442355ac  i386/debug/mailman-debuginfo-2.1.5-8.fc2.i386.rpm

This update can also be installed with the Update Agent; you can
launch the Update Agent with the 'up2date' command.  

John Dennis <jdennis at redhat.com>

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