Descriptionsa-exim 4.2.1 allows attackers to execute arbitrary code if they can write a .cf file or a rule. This occurs because relies on eval (rather than direct parsing and/or use of the taint feature). This issue is similar to CVE-2018-11805.
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Debian Bugs947198

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
sa-exim (PTS)buster4.2.1-17vulnerable
bookworm, sid, bullseye4.2.1-20fixed

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

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs


[buster] - sa-exim <no-dsa> (Minor issue; can be fixed via point release)
[stretch] - sa-exim <no-dsa> (Minor issue; can be fixed via point release)
The issue is "effectively" mitigating due to the CVE-2018-11805 fix in
spamassassin, making the non-functional (and so a functional
regression as well as tracked in #946829). The security implications are
as well documented in /usr/share/doc/sa-exim/README.greylisting.gz

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