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Paros: Default administrator password


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200601-15 / Paros
Release Date January 29, 2006
Latest Revision January 29, 2006: 01
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-proxy/paros <= 3.2.5 > 3.2.5 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #120352


Paros's database component is installed without a password, allowing execution of arbitrary system commands.

2.  Impact Information


Paros is an intercepting proxy between a web server and a client meant to be used for security assessments. It allows the user to watch and modify the HTTP(S) traffic.


Andrew Christensen discovered that in older versions of Paros the database component HSQLDB is installed with an empty password for the database administrator "sa".


Since the database listens globally by default, an attacker can connect and issue arbitrary commands, including execution of binaries installed on the host.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Paros users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --snyc
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-proxy/paros-3.2.8"

4.  References


Page updated January 29, 2006

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