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phpMyAdmin: Vulnerability in MIME-based transformation system


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200410-14 / phpMyAdmin
Release Date October 18, 2004
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-db/phpmyadmin < 2.6.0_p2 >= 2.6.0_p2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #67409


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.

2.  Impact Information


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 mode, including using insertion of PHP or JavaScript code.


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.

3.  Resolution Information


Enabling PHP safe mode ("safe_mode = On" in php.ini) may serve as a temporary workaround.


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"

4.  References


Page updated October 18, 2004

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