CVE Database


Impact: Moderate
Public: 2010-06-03
Bugzilla: 600093: CVE-2010-2023 exim: hard-link following vulnerability in mailbox handling


The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

transports/appendfile.c in Exim before 4.72, when a world-writable sticky-bit mail directory is used, does not verify the st_nlink field of mailbox files, which allows local users to cause a denial of service or possibly gain privileges by creating a hard link to another user's file.

Find out more about CVE-2010-2023 from the MITRE CVE dictionary and NIST NVD.


The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. By default, /var/spool/mail/ is not provided with permissions to make an attack scenario possible, and there is no reason for permissions to be relaxed in such a way as to make it possible. We therefore have no plans to fix this flaw in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or 5.

CVSS v2 metrics

Base Score: 4.3
Base Metrics: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N
Access Vector: Network
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: None
Confidentiality Impact: None
Integrity Impact: Partial
Availability Impact: None

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