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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-2079

Original release date: 05/05/2008
Last revised: 01/22/2013


MySQL 4.1.x before 4.1.24, 5.0.x before 5.0.60, 5.1.x before 5.1.24, and 6.0.x before 6.0.5 allows local users to bypass certain privilege checks by calling CREATE TABLE on a MyISAM table with modified (1) DATA DIRECTORY or (2) INDEX DIRECTORY arguments that are within the MySQL home data directory, which can point to tables that are created in the future.


Per http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/29106 and http://secunia.com/advisories/32222, this vulnerability is remotely exploitable.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.6 (MEDIUM) (AV:N/AC:H/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 3.9
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable; Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: High
Authentication: Required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (09/02/2009)
This issue did not affect MySQL as supplied with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. This issue was addressed for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, and Red Hat Application Stack v1, v2: https://rhn.redhat.com/cve/CVE-2008-2079.html

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External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/4.1/en/news-4-1-24.html
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-1472
External Source: BID
Name: 29106
Type: Patch Information
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3865
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10133
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:149
External Source: DEBIAN
Name: DSA-1608
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3216
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/news-5-1-24.html
External Source: BID
Name: 31681
Type: Patch Information
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/releasenotes-es-5-0-60.html
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2008-2780
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDVSA-2008:150
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0505
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0768
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1019995
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2008:0510
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2008:017
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=32167
Type: Patch Information; Exploit
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/6.0/en/news-6-0-5.html
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2009:1289
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-671-1
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2008-10-09
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2009-09-10-2
External Source: XF
Name: mysql-myisam-security-bypass(42267)

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10133
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

Vulnerable software and versions

+ Configuration 1
+ OR
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.0
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.1
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.10
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.11
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.12
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.13
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.14
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.15
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.16
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.17
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.18
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.19
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.2
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.20
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.21
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.22
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.0
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.0:alpha
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.1
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.10
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.10a
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.11
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.12
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.13
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.15
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.19
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.1a
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.2
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.21
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.22
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.23
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.24
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.24a
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.25
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.3
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.30
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.32
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.33
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.36
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.37
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.38
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.3a
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.4
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.41
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.42
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.44
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.45
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.4a
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.50
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.51
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.52
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.54
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.56
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.6
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.0.9
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.11
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.12
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.14
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.15
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.16
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.17
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.18
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.19
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.20
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.21
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.22
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.23
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.3
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.4
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.5
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.5a
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.6
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.7
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.9
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:6.0.0
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:6.0.1
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:6.0.2
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:6.0.3
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:4.1.23 and previous versions
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:5.1.23a and previous versions
* cpe:/a:mysql:mysql:6.0.4 and previous versions

* Denotes Vulnerable Software
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Technical Details

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  • Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control (CWE-264)