Ubuntu 6.06 LTS / 7.10 / 8.04 LTS : mysql-dfsg-5.0 vulnerabilities (USN-671-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 37299


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


It was discovered that MySQL could be made to overwrite existing table files in the data directory. An authenticated user could use the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options to possibly bypass privilege checks. This update alters table creation behaviour by disallowing the use of the MySQL data directory in DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY options. (CVE-2008-2079, CVE-2008-4097 and CVE-2008-4098)

It was discovered that MySQL did not handle empty bit-string literals properly. An attacker could exploit this problem and cause the MySQL server to crash, leading to a denial of service. (CVE-2008-3963).

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Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 37299

File Name: ubuntu_USN-671-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2016/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libmysqlclient15-dev, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libmysqlclient15off, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-client, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-client-5.0, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-common, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-server, p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:mysql-server-5.0, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:6.06:-:lts, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:7.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:8.04:-:lts

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2008/11/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2079, CVE-2008-3963, CVE-2008-4097, CVE-2008-4098

USN: 671-1

CWE: 59, 134, 264