phpMyAdmin: Vulnerability in MIME-based transformation system
Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
||GLSA 200410-14 / phpMyAdmin
||October 18, 2004
||May 22, 2006: 02
All supported architectures
A vulnerability has been found in the MIME-based transformation system of
phpMyAdmin, which may allow remote execution of arbitrary commands if PHP's
"safe mode" is disabled.
phpMyAdmin is a popular web-based MySQL administration tool written in
PHP. It allows users to browse and administer a MySQL database from a
web-browser. Transformations are a phpMyAdmin feature allowing plug-ins
to rewrite the contents of any column seen in phpMyAdmin's Browsing
A defect was found in phpMyAdmin's MIME-based transformation system,
when used with "external" transformations.
A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary
commands on the server with the rights of the HTTP server user.
Enabling PHP safe mode ("safe_mode = On" in php.ini) may serve as a
All phpMyAdmin users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code Listing 3.1: Resolution
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.6.0_p2"
# emerge ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.6.0_p2"