SquirrelMail "load_prefs.php" allows remote attacker to execute code

squirrelmail-loadprefs-execute-code (6775) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


SquirrelMail could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system. A remote attacker can supply the '$chosen_theme' variable used by the require function in the 'load_prefs.php' script to execute arbitrary code on the system.


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest version of SquirrelMail (1.0.5 or later) available at: http://www.squirrelmail.org/download.php


  • Secure Reality Pty Ltd. Security Advisory #10 (SRADV00010): Remote command execution vulnerabilities in SquirrelMail.
  • SquirrelMail Web site: Version 1.0.5 -- April 17, 2001.
  • SquirrelMail Web site: Download Distribution.
  • BID-2968: SquirrelMail Remote Command Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2001-1159: load_prefs.php and supporting include files in SquirrelMail 1.0.4 and earlier do not properly initialize certain PHP variables, which allows remote attackers to (1) view sensitive files via the config_php and data_dir options, and (2) execute arbitrary code by using options_order.php to upload a message that could be interpreted as PHP.
  • OSVDB ID: 11627: SquirrelMail load_prefs.php Arbitrary File Access
  • OSVDB ID: 11628: SquirrelMail options_order.php Arbitrary Command Execution

Platforms Affected:

  • SquirrelMail SquirrelMail 1.0.4 and prior


Feb 07, 2001

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