DescriptionSympa through 6.2.57b.2 allows a local privilege escalation from the sympa user account to full root access by modifying the sympa.conf configuration file (which is owned by sympa) and parsing it through the setuid sympa_newaliases-wrapper executable.
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 severityhigh
Debian Bugs972114

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
sympa (PTS)stretch6.2.16~dfsg-3+deb9u2vulnerable
stretch (security)6.2.16~dfsg-3+deb9u5vulnerable
buster, buster (security)6.2.40~dfsg-1+deb10u1vulnerable
bullseye, sid6.2.60~dfsg-4vulnerable

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

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs


[bullseye] - sympa <postponed> (Revisit when fixed upstream; most setups mitigated)
[buster] - sympa <postponed> (Revisit when fixed upstream; most setups mitigated)
[stretch] - sympa <postponed> (Mitigated, revisit when fixed upstream)
Mitigation present in 6.2.58~dfsg-2, 6.2.40~dfsg-1+deb10u1 and 6.2.16~dfsg-3+deb9u4

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