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USN-1113-1: Postfix vulnerabilities

18 April 2011

An attacker could send crafted input to Postfix and cause it to reveal confidential information.



  • postfix - High-performance mail transport agent


It was discovered that the Postfix package incorrectly granted write access
on the PID directory to the postfix user. A local attacker could use this
flaw to possibly conduct a symlink attack and overwrite arbitrary files.
This issue only affected Ubuntu 6.06 LTS and 8.04 LTS. (CVE-2009-2939)

Wietse Venema discovered that Postfix incorrectly handled cleartext
commands after TLS is in place. A remote attacker could exploit this to
inject cleartext commands into TLS sessions, and possibly obtain
confidential information such as passwords. (CVE-2011-0411)

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 9.10
Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 6.06
Ubuntu 10.10
Ubuntu 10.04

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.