GLSA 200410-14: phpMyAdmin
Posted on: 10/18/2004 09:03 AM

A phpMyAdmin security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200410-14
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: phpMyAdmin: Vulnerability in MIME-based transformation
system
Date: October 18, 2004
Bugs: #67409
ID: 200410-14

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability has been found in the MIME-based transformation system of phpMyAdmin, which may allow remote execution of arbitrary commands if PHP's "safe mode" is disabled.

Background
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phpMyAdmin is a popular web-based MySQL administration tool written in PHP. It allows users to browse and administer a MySQL database from a web-browser. Transformations are a phpMyAdmin feature allowing plug-ins to rewrite the contents of any column seen in phpMyAdmin's Browsing mode, including using insertion of PHP or JavaScript code.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-db/phpmyadmin < 2.6.0_p2 >= 2.6.0_p2

Description
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A defect was found in phpMyAdmin's MIME-based transformation system, when used with "external" transformations.

Impact
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A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary commands on the server with the rights of the HTTP server user.

Workaround
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Enabling PHP safe mode ("safe_mode = On" in php.ini) may serve as a temporary workaround.


Resolution
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All phpMyAdmin users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.6.0_p2"
# emerge ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.6.0_p2"

References
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[ 1 ] phpMyAdmin 2.6.0_pl2 Release Announcement
http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=414281
[ 2 ] Secunia Advisory SA12813
http://secunia.com/advisories/12813/

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200410-14.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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