new mailman for FC2, security, fixes password retreval vulnerability
Posted on: 07/01/2004 04:08 PM

An updated mailman package is available for Fedora Core 2

Fedora Update Notification

Product : Fedora Core 2
Name : mailman
Version : 2.1.5
Release : 7
Summary : Mailing list manager with built in Web access.
Description :
Mailman is software to help manage email discussion lists, much like Majordomo and Smartmail. Unlike most similar products, Mailman gives each mailing list a webpage, and allows users to subscribe, unsubscribe, etc. over the Web. Even the list manager can administer his or her list entirely from the Web. Mailman also integrates most things people want to do with mailing lists, including archiving, mail <-> news gateways, and so on.

Documentation can be found in: /usr/share/doc/mailman-2.1.5

When the package has finished installing, you will need to perform some additional installation steps, these are described in: /usr/share/doc/mailman-2.1.5/INSTALL.REDHAT

Update Information:

Fixes security issue CAN-2004-0412 noted in bug

Mailman subscriber passwords could be retrieved by a remote attacker. Security hole is fixed in mailman-2.1.5

Important Installation Note:

Some users have reported problems with bad queue counts after upgrading to version 2.1.5, the operating assumption is this was caused by performing an install while mailman was running. Prior to installing this rpm stop the mailman service via:

% /sbin/service mailman stop

Then after installation completes restart the service via:

% /sbin/service mailman start

Red Hat RPM versions of mailman 2.1.5-6 and above have enhanced the init.d script that controls the mailman service so that "/sbin/service mailman status" now returns valid information. The RPM has been augmented to detect if mailman is running prior to installation and if so it will temporarily stop mailman during the install and restart mailman after the install completes. If mailman was not running the RPM will not start mailman after installation. Since the RPM depends on service status working the installed version of mailman you are replacing must be at least 2.1.5-6 for the automatic pausing of mailman during installation to work. This also means since this is the first RPM with this feature you will need to manually pause mailman during installation, future upgrades should be automatic.

This update can be downloaded from:

821a649aa77fb19c6cad8cba47f3d7d6 SRPMS/mailman-2.1.5-7.src.rpm
3a87ad29697b0e23799ba90fbbf0a290 x86_64/mailman-2.1.5-7.x86_64.rpm
32bf032891a272d8be1cba0d80ae01f8 i386/mailman-2.1.5-7.i386.rpm

This update can also be installed with the Update Agent; you can launch the Update Agent with the 'up2date' command.

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