Sun Solaris mail(1) could allow unauthorized access to other user`s email

solaris-mail-unauthorized-access (11303) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Sun Solaris could allow a local attacker with limited system privileges to gain read access to other user's email, caused by a vulnerability in the mail(1) command. An attacker could use this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information.


Obtain Information


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed below. Refer to Sun Alert ID: 50751 for more information. See References.

Solaris 2.6: 109266-05 or later
Solaris 7: 109253-07 or later
Solaris 8: 111874-06 or later
Solaris 9: 114133-01 or later

Solaris 2.6: 109267-05 or later
Solaris 7: 109254-07 or later
Solaris 8: 111875-06 or later
Solaris 9: 114134-01 or later


  • Sun Alert ID: 50751: Security Vulnerability in mail(1) in Solaris.
  • BID-6838: Sun Microsystems Solaris Mail Reading Local Race Condition Vulnerability
  • CVE-2003-1080: Unknown vulnerability in mail for Solaris 2.6 through 9 allows local users to read the email of other users.
  • OSVDB ID: 15144: Solaris mail Arbitrary Mail Spool Access
  • SA8058: Sun Solaris disclosure of other user`s email
  • SECTRACK ID: 1006084: Sun Solaris `mail` Application May Disclose User E-mails to Other Local Users

Platforms Affected:

  • Sun Solaris 2.6
  • Sun Solaris 7.0
  • Sun Solaris 8
  • Sun Solaris 9


Feb 11, 2003

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