Debian Security Advisory

DSA-381-1 mysql -- buffer overflow

Date Reported:
13 Sep 2003
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 210403.
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 8590.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2003-0780.
More information:

MySQL, a popular relational database system, contains a buffer overflow condition which could be exploited by a user who has permission to execute "ALTER TABLE" commands on the tables in the "mysql" database. If successfully exploited, this vulnerability could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the mysqld process (by default, user "mysql"). Since the "mysql" database is used for MySQL's internal record keeping, by default the mysql administrator "root" is the only user with permission to alter its tables.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 3.23.49-8.5.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem will be fixed soon. Refer to Debian bug #210403.

We recommend that you update your mysql package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Architecture-independent component:
Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.