GLSA 200507-03: phpBB: Arbitrary command execution
Posted on: 07/04/2005 03:28 PM

phpBB has been removed from Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200507-03
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: phpBB: Arbitrary command execution
Date: July 04, 2005
Bugs: #97278
ID: 200507-03

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in phpBB allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands with the rights of the web server.

Background
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phpBB is an Open Source bulletin board package.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 www-apps/phpBB lt; 2.0.16 gt;= 2.0.16

Description
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Ron van Daal discovered that phpBB contains a vulnerability in the highlighting code.

Impact
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Successful exploitation would grant an attacker unrestricted access to the PHP exec() or system() functions, allowing the execution of arbitrary commands with the rights of the web server.

Workaround
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Please follow the instructions given in the phpBB announcement.

Resolution
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The phpBB package is no longer supported by Gentoo Linux and has been removed from the Portage repository, no further announcements will be issued regarding phpBB updates. Users who wish to continue using phpBB are advised to monitor and refer to www.phpbb.com for more information.

To continue using the Gentoo-provided phpBB package, please refer to
the Portage documentation on unmasking packages and upgrade to 2.0.16.

References
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[ 1 ] phpBB Announcement
http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=14t=302011

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-200507-03.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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