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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0246 -- [Win][UNIX/Linux]
phpMyAdmin - SQL injection vulnerability
11 March 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
CVE Names: CVE-2008-1149
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phpMyAdmin security announcement PMASA-2008-1
SQL injection vulnerability (Delayed Cross Site Request Forgery)
We received an advisory from Richard Cunningham, and we wish to thank him for
his work. phpMyAdmin used the $_REQUEST superglobal as a source for its
parameters, instead of $_GET and $_POST. This means that on most servers, a
cookie with the same name as one of phpMyAdmin's parameters can interfere.
Another application could set a cookie for the root path "/" with a "sql_query"
name, therefore overriding the user-submitted sql_query because by default, the
$_REQUEST superglobal imports first GET, then POST then COOKIE data.
We consider this vulnerability to be serious.
An attacker must trick the victim into visiting a page on the same web server
where he has placed code that creates a malicious cookie.
Versions before 2.11.5.
Upgrade to phpMyAdmin 2.11.5 or newer, where $_REQUEST is rebuilt to not contain
The patch for the QA_2_11 branch.
For further information and in case of questions, please contact the phpMyAdmin
team. Our website is http://www.phpmyadmin.net/.
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