phpMyAdmin Setup Script Configuration Parameters Arbitrary PHP Code Injection (PMASA-2009-4)

high Nessus Plugin ID 36171


The remote web server contains a PHP application that is affected by a code execution vulnerability.


The setup script included with the version of phpMyAdmin installed on the remote host does not properly sanitize user-supplied input before using it to generate a config file for the application. This version is affected by the following vulnerabilities :

- The setup script inserts the unsanitized verbose server name into a C-style comment during config file generation.

- An attacker can save arbitrary data to the generated config file by altering the value of the 'textconfig' parameter during a POST request to config.php.

An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit these issues to execute arbitrary PHP code.


Upgrade to phpMyAdmin Alternatively, apply the patches referenced in the project's advisory.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 36171

File Name: phpmyadmin_pmasa_2009_4.nasl

Version: 1.18

Type: remote

Family: CGI abuses

Published: 4/16/2009

Updated: 4/11/2022

Configuration: Enable thorough checks

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

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

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:phpmyadmin:phpmyadmin

Required KB Items: www/phpMyAdmin, www/PHP

Excluded KB Items: Settings/disable_cgi_scanning

Exploit Ease: No exploit is required

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2009-1285

BID: 34526

TRA: TRA-2009-02

SECUNIA: 34727

CWE: 94