Oracle Linux 5 : mysql (ELSA-2010-0109)

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Synopsis :

The remote Oracle Linux host is missing one or more security updates.

Description :

From Red Hat Security Advisory 2010:0109 :

Updated mysql packages that fix multiple security issues are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

MySQL is a multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server. It consists
of the MySQL server daemon (mysqld) and many client programs and
libraries.

It was discovered that the MySQL client ignored certain SSL
certificate verification errors when connecting to servers. A
man-in-the-middle attacker could use this flaw to trick MySQL clients
into connecting to a spoofed MySQL server. (CVE-2009-4028)

Note: This fix may uncover previously hidden SSL configuration issues,
such as incorrect CA certificates being used by clients or expired
server certificates. This update should be carefully tested in
deployments where SSL connections are used.

A flaw was found in the way MySQL handled SELECT statements with
subqueries in the WHERE clause, that assigned results to a user
variable. A remote, authenticated attacker could use this flaw to
crash the MySQL server daemon (mysqld). This issue only caused a
temporary denial of service, as the MySQL daemon was automatically
restarted after the crash. (CVE-2009-4019)

When the 'datadir' option was configured with a relative path, MySQL
did not properly check paths used as arguments for the DATA DIRECTORY
and INDEX DIRECTORY directives. An authenticated attacker could use
this flaw to bypass the restriction preventing the use of
subdirectories of the MySQL data directory being used as DATA
DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY paths. (CVE-2009-4030)

Note: Due to the security risks and previous security issues related
to the use of the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY directives, users
not depending on this feature should consider disabling it by adding
'symbolic-links=0' to the '[mysqld]' section of the 'my.cnf'
configuration file. In this update, an example of such a configuration
was added to the default 'my.cnf' file.

All MySQL users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages,
which contain backported patches to resolve these issues. After
installing this update, the MySQL server daemon (mysqld) will be
restarted automatically.

See also :

https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/el-errata/2010-February/001357.html

Solution :

Update the affected mysql packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.8
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
CVSS Temporal Score : 5.6
(CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C)
Public Exploit Available : true

Family: Oracle Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 67997 ()

Bugtraq ID: 37075
37076
37297

CVE ID: CVE-2008-2079
CVE-2008-4098
CVE-2009-4019
CVE-2009-4028
CVE-2009-4030