FreeBSD-SA-00:51 Security Advisory
Topic: mailman port allows local root compromise
Affects: Ports collection.
Vendor status: Updated version released.
FreeBSD only: NO
Mailman is a mailing list manager.
II. Problem Description
The mailman port, versions prior to 2.0b5, contained several
locally exploitable vulnerabilities which could be used to gain root
The mailman port is not installed by default, nor is it "part of
FreeBSD" as such: it is part of the FreeBSD ports collection, which
contains over 3800 third-party applications in a ready-to-install
format. The ports collections shipped with FreeBSD 4.1 and 3.5.1
contain this problem since it was discovered after the releases.
FreeBSD makes no claim about the security of these third-party
applications, although an effort is underway to provide a security
audit of the most security-critical ports.
Unprivileged users can obtain root privileges on the local system.
If you have not chosen to install the mailman port/package, then
your system is not vulnerable to this problem.
Deinstall the mailman port/package, if you have installed it.
One of the following:
1) Upgrade your entire ports collection and rebuild the mailman port.
2) Deinstall the old package and install a new package dated after the
correction date, obtained from: