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AUSCERT Security Bulletin
PostgreSQL: Unpatched Vulnerability Disclosed
30 April 2010
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
Increased Privileges -- Existing Account
Denial of Service -- Existing Account
Revision History: April 30 2010: Corrected impacts to reflect the requirement
for an existing account
January 28 2010: Initial Release
A security vulnerability has been reported in PostgreSQL.
Security researcher Evgeny Legerov has published details of a
vulnerability reportedly affecting PostgreSQL 8.0.23:
"PostgreSQL 8.0.23 bitsubstr overflow" 
The current proof of concept will most likely cause a Denial of
Service, but could possibly be modified to execute arbitrary code
and or increase account privileges. Existing access to the database,
either directly or via an application querying the database, is
required in order to use this exploit.
At the time of this publication there was no response or patches
Until a patch becomes available users should consider restricting
network access to the PostgreSQL database and monitor traffic and
system performance for unusual activity. In cases where an
external application queries the database, user input should be
sanitised before being run.
 PostgreSQL 8.0.23 bitsubstr overflow
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