[Simon Walter] Bug#506353: mailscanner: many scripts allow local users to overwrite arbitrary files, and more, via symlink attacks

Julian Field MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Dec 11 14:16:06 GMT 2008

The final solution ended up being rather more secure than the version I 
proposed yesterday, in order to avoid any possible extra privilege 
escalation bugs, whereby a user could have "root" effects while only 
getting "MailScanner Run As User" privileges.

Anyway, I have published my solution, version 4.74.6. I would be 
grateful if you could test this and see if it works. All the -autoupdate 
scripts and -wrapper scripts have been replaced, there is a new 
"mailscanner_create_locks" script which is called automatically from a 
couple of places for you, and there are quite a few changes inside 
MailScanner too.

Please let me know what you think works and what still doesn't work, if 



Julian Field MEng CITP CEng
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