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[ GLSA 200504-30 ] phpMyAdmin: Insecure SQL script installation
From: Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen <jaervosz () gentoo org>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2005 20:29:21 +0200

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200504-30
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: phpMyAdmin: Insecure SQL script installation
      Date: April 30, 2005
      Bugs: #88831
        ID: 200504-30

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Synopsis
========

phpMyAdmin leaves the SQL install script with insecure permissions,
potentially leading to a database compromise.

Background
==========

phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the
administration of MySQL databases from a web-browser. phpMyAdmin uses a
pma MySQL user to control the linked-tables infrastructure. The SQL
install script sets the initial password for the pma user.

Affected packages
=================

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package            /  Vulnerable  /                    Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  dev-db/phpmyadmin     < 2.6.2-r1                      >= 2.6.2-r1

Description
===========

The phpMyAdmin installation process leaves the SQL install script with
insecure permissions.

Impact
======

A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain the initial
phpMyAdmin password and from there obtain information about databases
accessible by phpMyAdmin.

Workaround
==========

Change the password for the phpMyAdmin MySQL user (pma):

    mysql -u root -p
    SET PASSWORD FOR 'pma'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('MyNewPassword');

Update your phpMyAdmin config.inc.php:

    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['controlpass']   = 'MyNewPassword';

Resolution
==========

All phpMyAdmin users should change password for the pma user as
described above and upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.6.2-r1"

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200504-30.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security () gentoo org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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