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                         AUSCERT Security Bulletin

        Multiple Security Vulnerabilities Identified in MySQL 5.1.x
                                13 May 2010


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              MySQL 5.1.x
Operating System:     Windows
                      UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access:        Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account      
                      Delete Arbitrary Files          -- Existing Account      
                      Denial of Service               -- Remote/Unauthenticated
                      Read-only Data Access           -- Existing Account      
Resolution:           Mitigation
CVE Names:            CVE-2010-1850 CVE-2010-1849 CVE-2010-1848
Member content until: Saturday, June 12 2010


        MySQL have detailed a number of security vulnerabilities that are
        to be corrected in the upcoming version 5.1.47.


        The vendor has provided the following information regarding these
        vulnerabilities [1]:
          * Security Fix: The server failed to check the table name argument 
            of a COM_FIELD_LIST command packet for validity and compliance 
            to acceptable table name standards. This could be exploited to 
            bypass almost all forms of checks for privileges and table-level 
            grants by providing a specially crafted table name argument to 
            In MySQL 5.0 and above, this allowed an authenticated user with 
            SELECT privileges on one table to obtain the field definitions of 
            any table in all other databases and potentially of other MySQL 
            instances accessible from the server's file system.
            Additionally, for MySQL version 5.1 and above, an authenticated 
            user with DELETE or SELECT privileges on one table could delete 
            or read content from any other table in all databases on this 
            server, and potentially of other MySQL instances accessible from 
            the server's file system. (Bug#53371, CVE-2010-1848)
          * Security Fix: The server was susceptible to a buffer-overflow 
            attack due to a failure to perform bounds checking on the table 
            name argument of a COM_FIELD_LIST command packet. By sending long 
            data for the table name, a buffer is overflown, which could be 
            exploited by an authenticated user to inject malicious code. 
            (Bug#53237, CVE-2010-1850)
          * Security Fix: The server could be tricked into reading packets 
            indefinitely if it received a packet larger than the maximum 
            size of one packet. (Bug#50974, CVE-2010-1849)


        These vulnerabilities will reportedly be corrected in MySQL 5.1.47.
        At the time of this publication, this version was not yet available.
        Until such a time as the new version is released, administrators 
        should ensure that queries to the MySQL database are properly 
        sanitised before they are executed and may wish to monitor their
        MySQL logs for signs of malicious activity.


        [1] Changes in MySQL 5.1.47 (Not yet released)

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