Webmin, Usermin: Multiple vulnerabilities in Usermin — GLSA 200409-15

A vulnerability in the webmail function of Usermin could be used by an attacker to execute shell code via a specially-crafted e-mail. A bug in the installation script of Webmin and Usermin also allows a local user to execute a symlink attack at installation time.

Affected packages

app-admin/usermin on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.090
Unaffected versions >= 1.090
app-admin/webmin on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.160
Unaffected versions >= 1.160


Webmin and Usermin are web-based system administration consoles. Webmin allows an administrator to easily configure servers and other features. Usermin allows users to configure their own accounts, execute commands, and read e-mail. The Usermin functionality, including webmail, is also included in Webmin.


There is an input validation bug in the webmail feature of Usermin.

Additionally, the Webmin and Usermin installation scripts write to /tmp/.webmin without properly checking if it exists first.


The first vulnerability allows a remote attacker to inject arbitrary shell code in a specially-crafted e-mail. This could lead to remote code execution with the privileges of the user running Webmin or Usermin.

The second could allow local users who know Webmin or Usermin is going to be installed to have arbitrary files be overwritten by creating a symlink by the name /tmp/.webmin that points to some target file, e.g. /etc/passwd.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Usermin users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge sync
 # emerge -pv ">=app-admin/usermin-1.090"
 # emerge ">=app-admin/usermin-1.090"

All Webmin users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge sync
 # emerge -pv ">=app-admin/webmin-1.160"
 # emerge ">=app-admin/webmin-1.160"


Release date
September 12, 2004

Latest revision
May 22, 2006: 02



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