Flaws Found in MySQL Tracking System

 
 
By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-08-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The issues, which allow for cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks, reside in MySQL Eventum 1.x.

Flaws have been found in MySQL Eventum 1.5.5 and prior that allow malicious users to conduct cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks. Eventum is an issue-tracking system that can be used by support departments to track incoming technical support requests or by a software development team to organize tasks and bugs. According to MySQL ABs site, Eventum is used by the MySQL AB Technical Support team "to dramatically improve" its response times. One of the flaws, reported on Monday by security alerts aggregator Secunia Inc., has to do with the way input is passed to the "id" parameter in "view.php," the "release" parameter in "list.php" and the "F" parameter in "get_jsrs_data.php."
According to Secunias report, input is not properly sanitized before being returned to users. This can be used to execute arbitrary HTML and script code in a users browser session in the context of an affected site.
Secunias report goes on to say that certain input passed to the release, report and authentication classes is also not being properly sanitized before being used in a SQL query. This can be used to manipulate the queries by injecting arbitrary SQL code. Secunia rates the bugs as moderately critical, but the researcher who originally found them—James Bercegay of GulfTech Security Research Team—reported that theyre highly exploitable and that they should be patched immediately.
The flaws can be found in versions 1.5.5 and prior. Eventum users should update to Version 1.6.0, which was released on Saturday. Click here for the new versions release notes. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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