GLSA 200504-30: phpMyAdmin: Insecure SQL script installation
Posted on: 04/30/2005 06:05 PM

A phpMyAdmin security update has been released

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200504-30
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: phpMyAdmin: Insecure SQL script installation
Date: April 30, 2005
Bugs: #88831
ID: 200504-30

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Synopsis
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phpMyAdmin leaves the SQL install script with insecure permissions, potentially leading to a database compromise.

Background
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phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL databases from a web-browser. phpMyAdmin uses a pma MySQL user to control the linked-tables infrastructure. The SQL install script sets the initial password for the pma user.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-db/phpmyadmin lt; 2.6.2-r1 gt;= 2.6.2-r1

Description
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The phpMyAdmin installation process leaves the SQL install script with insecure permissions.

Impact
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A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain the initial phpMyAdmin password and from there obtain information about databases accessible by phpMyAdmin.

Workaround
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Change the password for the phpMyAdmin MySQL user (pma):

mysql -u root -p
SET PASSWORD FOR 'pma'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('MyNewPassword');

Update your phpMyAdmin config.inc.php:

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass'] = 'MyNewPassword';

Resolution
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All phpMyAdmin users should change password for the pma user as described above and upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.6.2-r1"

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-200504-30.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 2005 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/2.0


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