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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
A backdoor has been identified in phpMyAdmin downloaded via
a SourceForge.net mirror
26 September 2012
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2012-5159
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One server from the SourceForge.net mirror system was distributing a
phpMyAdmin kit containing a backdoor.
One of the SourceForge.net mirrors, namely cdnetworks-kr-1, was being used to
distribute a modified archive of phpMyAdmin, which includes a backdoor. This
backdoor is located in file server_sync.php and allows an attacker to remotely
execute PHP code. Another file, js/cross_framing_protection.js, has also been
We consider this vulnerability to be critical.
We currently know only about phpMyAdmin-126.96.36.199-all-languages.zip being
affected, check if your download contains a file named server_sync.php.
Check your phpMyAdmin distribution and download it again from a trusted mirror
if your copy contains a file named server_sync.php.
Thanks to Tencent Security Response Center for letting us know about this
Assigned CVE ids: CVE-2012-5159
CWE ids: CWE-661 CWE-95 More information
For further information and in case of questions, please contact the
phpMyAdmin team. Our website is phpmyadmin.net.
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