GLSA-200805-06 : Firebird: Data disclosure

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 32208


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200805-06 (Firebird: Data disclosure)

Viesturs reported that the default configuration for Gentoo's init script ('/etc/conf.d/firebird') sets the 'ISC_PASSWORD' environment variable when starting Firebird. It will be used when no password is supplied by a client connecting as the 'SYSDBA' user.
Impact :

A remote attacker can authenticate as the 'SYSDBA' user without providing the credentials, resulting in complete disclosure of all databases except for the user and password database (security2.fdb).
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Firebird users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-db/firebird-' Note: /etc/conf.d is protected by Portage as a configuration directory.
Do not forget to use 'etc-update' or 'dispatch-conf' to overwrite the 'firebird' configuration file, and then restart Firebird.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 32208

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200805-06.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/05/11

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:firebird, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2008/05/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1880

OSVDB: 44976

GLSA: 200805-06

CWE: 255