-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2004.0248 -- Macromedia Security Bulletin - MPSB 04-05
Potential Risk in Dreamweaver Remote Database Connectivity
05 April 2004
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Dreamweaver MX 2004
Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
Operating System: Windows
Mac OS X
Impact: Access Privileged Data
Access Required: Remote
- --------------------------BEGIN INCLUDED TEXT--------------------
MPSB 04-05 Potential Risk in Dreamweaver Remote Database
Originally posted: April 1, 2004
Last updated: April 1, 2004
Dreamweaver's remote database connectivity for testing
dynamic database-driven websites installs scripts that
may reveal DSNs to outside attackers. A sophisticated
attacker may also be able to use these scripts to send
SQL commands to the server and gain control of the
Customers should not define a database connection using
the driver on a testing server accessible to the public.
To prevent unauthorized access to the database, password-
protect the database. If a database connection has been
defined, use Dreamweaver's Remove Connection Scripts
menu command to remove the files that expose the database.
This issue is described in greater detail in Security
implications of remote database connectivity (TechNote
Macromedia categorizes this issue as a critical update
and recommends affected users immediately remove the
connection scripts from publicly accessible servers.
Affected Software Versions:
Dreamweaver MX 2004 (all versions)
Dreamweaver MX (all versions)
Dreamweaver UltraDev 4 (all versions)
When you specify "Using Driver On Testing Server" or
"Using DSN on Testing Server" in the database connections
dialog box, Dreamweaver automatically uploads a script
file to the testing server that allows Dreamweaver to
manipulate the remote database driver via the HTTP
protocol. This allows Dreamweaver to get the database
information it needs in order to help the user create
their site. However, this file does make it possible to
see the data source names (DSNs) defined on the system.
If the DSNs and databases are not password protected,
the script also enables an attacker to issue SQL commands
to the database.
Macromedia would like to thank David Litchfield of Next
Generation Security Software Limited for reporting this
vulnerability and for working with us to help protect
our customers' security.
April 1, 2004, bulletin first created.
Reporting Security Issues:
Macromedia is committed to addressing security issues
and providing customers with the information on how they
can protect themselves. If you identify what you believe
may be a security issue with a Macromedia product, please
send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work to
appropriately address and communicate the issue.
Receiving Security Bulletins:
When Macromedia becomes aware of a security issue that
we believe significantly affects our products or customers,
we will notify customers when appropriate. Typically this
notification will be in the form of a security bulletin
explaining the issue and the response. Macromedia customers
who would like to receive notification of new security
bulletins when they are released can sign up for our
security notification service.
For additional information on security issues at Macromedia,
ANY INFORMATION, PATCHES, DOWNLOADS, WORKAROUNDS, OR FIXES
PROVIDED BY MACROMEDIA IN THIS BULLETIN ARE PROVIDED "AS IS"
WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. MACROMEDIA AND ITS SUPPLIERS
DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED OR
OTHERWISE, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ALSO, THERE IS NO WARRANTY
OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, OR QUIET ENJOYMENT. (USA ONLY)
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES,
SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
IN NO EVENT SHALL MACROMEDIA, INC. OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE
FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION,
DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,SPECIAL, PUNITIVE,
COVER, LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR THE LIKE,
OR LOSS OF BUSINESS DAMAGES, BASED ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY
INCLUDING BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, TORT
(INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), PRODUCT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN
IF MACROMEDIA, INC. OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES
HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. (USA
ONLY) SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION
OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE
ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU
MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER LEGAL RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
Macromedia reserves the right, from time to time, to update
the information in this document with current information.
- --------------------------END INCLUDED TEXT--------------------
You have received this e-mail bulletin as a result of your organisation's
registration with AusCERT. The mailing list you are subscribed to is
maintained within your organisation, so if you do not wish to continue
receiving these bulletins you should contact your local IT manager. If
you do not know who that is, please send an email to email@example.com
and we will forward your request to the appropriate person.
This security bulletin is provided as a service to AusCERT's members. As
AusCERT did not write the document quoted above, AusCERT has had no control
over its content. The decision to follow or act on information or advice
contained in this security bulletin is the responsibility of each user or
organisation, and should be considered in accordance with your organisation's
site policies and procedures. AusCERT takes no responsibility for consequences
which may arise from following or acting on information or advice contained in
this security bulletin.
NOTE: This is only the original release of the security bulletin. It may
not be updated when updates to the original are made. If downloading at
a later date, it is recommended that the bulletin is retrieved directly
from the author's website to ensure that the information is still current.
Contact information for the authors of the original document is included
in the Security Bulletin above. If you have any questions or need further
information, please contact them directly.
Previous advisories and external security bulletins can be retrieved from:
If you believe that your computer system has been compromised or attacked in
any way, we encourage you to let us know by completing the secure National IT
Incident Reporting Form at:
Internet Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facsimile: (07) 3365 7031
Telephone: (07) 3365 4417 (International: +61 7 3365 4417)
AusCERT personnel answer during Queensland business
hours which are GMT+10:00 (AEST). On call after hours
for member emergencies only.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----