MySQL GRANT Global Password Changing Vulnerability

MySQL is a popular RDBMS used by many websites as a back-end. It is possible for users with GRANT access to change passwords for every user in the database (including the mysql superuser). MySQL also ships with a default "test" account which has GRANT privileges and is unpassworded, meaning anyone can connect to the db. These two problems combined can result in a total, remote (and probably anonymous) database compromise. The database can be compromised even if the test account is disabled (given a local user account with GRANT privs).


 

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