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MySQLDumper vulnerability: Bypassing Apache based access control possible
Jul 03 2007 09:01PM
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A critical security issue has been found in the Open Source PHP backup
tool MySQLDumper . The issue allows to bypass an Apache based access
control created with MySQLDumper. Through this an attacker can easily gain
full control about all features of MySQLDumper.
The authors of MySQLDumper were informed about the problem on June 12,
2007 via email. In a reply we received on June 24, 2007, one author stated
that he does not agree that there is a security issue. Because we don't
have the impression that the authors are going to fix this issue and
inform the public about the hole, we decided to publish this issue.
The issue was found by Henning Pingel and Lars Houmark.
==== About MySQLDumper ====
The main purpose of MySQLDumper is to create full backups of large MySQL
databases from a web interface without the need for a shell access. It
also allows to administrate MySQL databases.
To ensure that only authenticated users have access to an instance of
MySQLDumper the tool offers a built-in feature to create a pair of
.htaccess and .htpasswd files to password protect the directory in which
the tool has been installed on Apache web servers. This feature is
documented in a tutorial .
==== Affected versions ====
Every currently available version of mysqldumper listed on  has this hole:
- MySQLDumper 1.23_pre_release_REV227
- MySQLDumper 1.22
- MySQLDumper 1.21b
- MySQLDumper Typo3-Extension 0.0.5
==== Description of the security issue ====
Inside of the generated .htaccess file the Apache directive LIMIT is used.
The parameters used within the LIMIT directive are not sufficient so that
the folder protection is not reliable. In the php file main.php in line 52
(line number depends on the version of the tool, please search for "limit
get") the content of the file .htaccess is created. Interesting is this
The problem is, that this means that the password protection is only valid
for HTTP GET requests, but not for other request types like HTTP POST
requests. For further information on the directive LIMIT please have a
look at the Apache documentation [3,4].
To say it more clearly: If one requests a file inside of the protected
MySQLDumper folder, one is not asked for user and password if you use a
POST request to request the file. That means the whole .htaccess/.htpasswd
protection is useless.
==== Proof of concept ====
<form action="http://localhost/mysqldumper1.23/main.php" method="post">
<input type="submit" value="main">
In the same way it is possible to execute the functionality of MySQLDumper
to delete .htaccess and .htpasswd file via a POST request.
==== First aid for users of MySQLDumper ====
1) Delete MySQLDumper folder from web space if it is installed in a
guessable path or
2) Correct the content of .htaccess / .htpasswd files to make them reliable.
==== Related links ====
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