GLSA 200611-10 WordPress: Multiple vulnerabilities
Posted on: 11/17/2006 04:05 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - WordPress: Multiple vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200611-10
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: WordPress: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: November 17, 2006
Bugs: #153303
ID: 200611-10

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Synopsis
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Flaws in WordPress allow a Denial of Service, the disclosure of user
metadata and the overwriting of restricted files.

Background
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WordPress is a PHP and MySQL based multiuser blogging system.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 www-apps/wordpress lt; 2.0.5 gt;= 2.0.5

Description
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"random" discovered that users can enter serialized objects as strings
in their profiles that will be harmful when unserialized. "adapter"
found out that user-edit.php fails to effectively deny non-permitted
users access to other user's metadata. Additionally, a directory
traversal vulnerability in the wp-db-backup module was discovered.

Impact
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By entering specially crafted strings in his profile, an attacker can
crash PHP or even the web server running WordPress. Additionally, by
crafting a simple URL, an attacker can read metadata of any other user,
regardless of their own permissions. A user with the permission to use
the database backup plugin can possibly overwrite files he otherwise
has no access to.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All WordPress users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=www-apps/wordpress-2.0.5"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-5705
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5705
[ 2 ] WordPress Ticket 3142
http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3142
[ 3 ] WordPress Ticket 2591
http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2591

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-200611-10.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 2006 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/2.5



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