GLSA 200402-05: phpMyAdmin < 2.5.6-rc1: possible attack against export.php

Title:phpMyAdmin < 2.5.6-rc1: possible attack against export.php
Bugs: #40268


A vulnerability in phpMyAdmin which was not properly verifying user generated input could lead to a directory traversal attack.


phpMyAdmin is a tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL databased over the Web.

Affected packages

Package Vulnerable Unaffected Architecture(s)
dev-db/phpmyadmin <= 2.5.5_p1 >= 2.5.6_rc1 All supported architectures


One component of the phpMyAdmin software package (export.php) does not properly verify input that is passed to it from a remote user. Since the input is used to include other files, it is possible to launch a directory traversal attack.


Private information could be gleaned from the remote server if an attacker uses a malformed URL such as[existing_file]

In this scenario, the script does not sanitize the "what" argument passed to it, allowing directory traversal attacks to take place, disclosing the contents of files if the file is readable as the web-server user.


The workaround is to either patch the export.php file using the referenced CVS patch or upgrade the software via Portage.


Users are encouraged to upgrade to phpMyAdmin-2.5.6_rc1:

    # emerge sync
    # emerge -pv ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.5.6_rc1"
    # emerge ">=dev-db/phpmyadmin-2.5.6_rc1"
    # emerge clean



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