DescriptionThe log_event function in ssmtp 2.50.6 and earlier allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the ssmtp.log temporary log file.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SUSE bugzilla/CVE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
NVD severitylow (attack range: local)

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
ssmtp (PTS)wheezy2.64-7vulnerable
buster, sid, jessie, stretch2.64-8vulnerable

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs


bug still exists in the ssmtp source, but is only activated if
--enable-logfile is used in ./configure
The package doesn't enable that flag so it is safe.

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