About workaround of CVE-1999-0531 issue.

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • According to our customer, a vulnerability (CVE-1999-0531) was found on the customer's server.
  • CVE information: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-1999-0531
  • The customer was pointed out the following by third-party organization.
 The server is in the situation which user information can be obtained with SMTP command. Actually, informaiton of whether a specified user  exists can be queried with RCPT command.
  • The customer expects sendmail to return the same value in like the following situation.
[root@rhel5 ~]# nc localhost 25
220 rhel5.com ESMTP Sendmail 8.13.8/8.13.8; Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:55:15 +0900
HELO foo.or.jp
250 rhel5.com Hello localhost.localdomain [], pleased to meet you
MAIL FROM:  user@foo.or.jp
250 2.1.0 user@foo.or.jp... Sender ok
RCPT TO: abc@rhel5.com                 <==  Existent user
250 2.1.5 abc@rhel5.com... Recipient ok
RCPT TO: abcd@rhel5.com                <==  Non-existent user
550 5.1.1 abcd@rhel5.com... User unknown
  • Also, if it's not satisfied, the customer thinks the system has a vulnerability of CVE-1999-0531. Is this correct?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5
  • sendmail-8.13.8-8.el5

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