phpMyAdmin 4.x < 4.8.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities (PMASA-2019-1) (PMASA-2019-2)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 123416


The remote web server hosts a PHP application that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


According to its self-reported version number, the phpMyAdmin application hosted on the remote web server is 4.x prior to 4.8.5. It is, therefore, affected by at least one of the following vulnerabilities:

- A SQL injection (SQLi) vulnerability exists in phpMyAdmin due to improper validation of user-supplied input.
An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this to inject or manipulate SQL queries in the back-end database, resulting in the disclosure or manipulation of arbitrary data (CVE-2019-6798).

- An arbitrary file read vulnerability exists in phpMyAdmin when the AllowArbitraryServer configuration setting is set to true. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this, via a rogue MySQL server, to read arbitrary files and disclose sensitive information (CVE-2019-6799).

Note that Nessus has not attempted to exploit these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to phpMyAdmin version 4.8.5 or later.
Alternatively, apply the patches referenced in the vendor advisories.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 123416

File Name: phpmyadmin_pmasa_2019_1_2.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 3/27/2019

Updated: 6/4/2024

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Enable CGI Scanning: true

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2019-6798


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 8.5

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:phpmyadmin:phpmyadmin

Required KB Items: www/PHP, installed_sw/phpMyAdmin

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 1/26/2019

Vulnerability Publication Date: 1/22/2019

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2019-6798, CVE-2019-6799

BID: 106727, 106736