[Mailman-Users] ANNOUNCE Mailman 2.0.2 (important privacy patch)

Barry A. Warsaw barry at digicool.com
Sat Mar 3 09:26:35 CET 2001

I've just uploaded the Mailman 2.0.2 release to SourceForge.  This is
a bug fix release that also fixes a potential privacy hole, which
could allow a list administrator to get access to user passwords.
Even with those passwords, I believe there's little additional harm
that a list admin could do, but still they probably shouldn't have
access to those passwords.

There are a few other important fixes in this release, so I recommend
that all sites running Mailman 2.0 or 2.0.1 should upgrade.

As usual I'm releasing this as both a complete tarball and as a patch
against Mailman 2.0.1.  If you grab the patchfile, you'll want to cd
into your 2.0 source, and apply it like so:

    % patch -p1 < mailman-2.0.1-2.0.2.diff

Currently only http://mailman.sourceforge.net is updated, but the
list.org and gnu.org sites should be updated soon.  The release
information on SF is at


My thanks to Thomas Wouters for his help!


P.S. I'm not sure if I'll have time to release a 2.1 alpha of the I18N
stuff before I leave for the Python9 conference.  If we get the
expected foot of snow between Sunday and Monday, it's a
possibility. ;)

[From the NEWS file]

2.0.2 (03-Mar-2001)

    Security fix:

    - A fix for a potential privacy exploit where a clever list
      administrator could gain access to user passwords.  This doesn't
      allow them to do much more harm to the user then they normally
      could, but they still shouldn't have access to the passwords.

    Bug fixes:

    - In the admindb page, don't complain when approving a
      subscription of someone who's already on the list (SF bug
      #222409 - Thomas Wouters).

      Also, quote for HTML the Subject: text printed for held
      messages, otherwise messages with e.g. "Subject: </table>" could
      royally screw page formatting.

    - In Netscape.py bounce processor, don't bomb out on ill-formed
      messages (no semi-colon separating parameters), otherwise mail
      delivery could grind to a halt.  Bug reported by Kambiz

    - Docstring fix bin/newlist to remove mention of "immediate"
      argument (Thomas Wouters).

    - Fix for bin/update when PREFIX != VAR_PREFIX (SF bug #229794 --
      Thomas Wouters).

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