Scientific Linux Security Update : mysql on SL5.x i386/x86_64

High Nessus Plugin ID 60655


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CVE-2008-2079 mysql: privilege escalation via DATA/INDEX DIRECTORY directives

CVE-2008-3963 MySQL: Using an empty binary value leads to server crash

CVE-2008-4456 mysql: mysql command line client XSS flaw

CVE-2008-3963 MySQL: Using an empty binary value leads to server crash

CVE-2009-2446 MySQL: Format string vulnerability by manipulation with database instances (crash)

MySQL did not correctly check directories used as arguments for the DATA DIRECTORY and INDEX DIRECTORY directives. Using this flaw, an authenticated attacker could elevate their access privileges to tables created by other database users. Note: This attack does not work on existing tables. An attacker can only elevate their access to another user's tables as the tables are created. As well, the names of these created tables need to be predicted correctly for this attack to succeed. (CVE-2008-2079)

A flaw was found in the way MySQL handles an empty bit-string literal.
A remote, authenticated attacker could crash the MySQL server daemon (mysqld) if they used an empty bit-string literal in a SQL statement.
This issue only caused a temporary denial of service, as the MySQL daemon was automatically restarted after the crash. (CVE-2008-3963)

An insufficient HTML entities quoting flaw was found in the mysql command line client's HTML output mode. If an attacker was able to inject arbitrary HTML tags into data stored in a MySQL database, which was later retrieved using the mysql command line client and its HTML output mode, they could perform a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack against victims viewing the HTML output in a web browser.

Multiple format string flaws were found in the way the MySQL server logs user commands when creating and deleting databases. A remote, authenticated attacker with permissions to CREATE and DROP databases could use these flaws to formulate a specifically-crafted SQL command that would cause a temporary denial of service (open connections to mysqld are terminated). (CVE-2009-2446)

Note: To exploit the CVE-2009-2446 flaws, the general query log (the mysqld '--log' command line option or the 'log' option in '/etc/my.cnf') must be enabled. This logging is not enabled by default.

After installing this update, the MySQL server daemon (mysqld) will be restarted automatically.


Update the affected packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 60655

File Name: sl_20090902_mysql_on_SL5_x.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2012/08/01

Modified: 2016/12/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 8.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: x-cpe:/o:fermilab:scientific_linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2009/09/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2079, CVE-2008-3963, CVE-2008-4456, CVE-2009-2446

CWE: 79, 134, 264