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Re: MySQL user can be changed to root
From: Sergei Golubchik <serg () mysql com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 20:08:38 +0100


Both to bugtraq and mysql list:

This issue has been adressed in 3.23.56 (release build is started
today), and some steps were taken to alleviate the threat.

In particular, MySQL will no longer read config files that are
world-writeable (and SELECT ... OUTFILE always creates world-writeable
files). Also, unlike other options, for --user option the first one will
have the precedence. So if --user is set in /etc/my.cnf (as it is
recommended in the manual), datadir/my.cnf will not be able to override

Fixing this issue in more robust way would mean introducing too big and
incompatible changes into stable version, thus breaking lots of
installations. It is to be done in 4.1.

On Mar 10, Guido A.J. Stevens wrote:

I can confirm this privilege escalation in mysql-server   3.23.49-8.2 
(debian/stable on linux/i386). Any mysql user with file privileges can 
trick the mysql server into running as root on restart of the mysql 

bugsman () libero it wrote:

mysql>SELECT * INTO OUTFILE '/path/to/mysql/datadir/my.cnf' FROM hack

Now, when the mysql server will be restarted, the user option in our
datadir my.cnf will override the one in /etc/my.cnf and mysql server will
run as root

MySQL Development Team
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/_/  /_/\_, /___/\___\_\___/  Osnabrueck, Germany

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