Insecure Temporary File Creation In MySQL — GLSA 200405-20

Two MySQL utilities create temporary files with hardcoded paths, allowing an attacker to use a symlink to trick MySQL into overwriting important data.

Affected packages

dev-db/mysql on all architectures
Affected versions < 4.0.18-r2
Unaffected versions >= 4.0.18-r2


MySQL is a popular open-source multi-threaded, multi-user SQL database server.


The MySQL bug reporting utility (mysqlbug) creates a temporary file to log bug reports to. A malicious local user with write access to the /tmp directory could create a symbolic link of the name mysqlbug-N pointing to a protected file, such as /etc/passwd, such that when mysqlbug creates the Nth log file, it would end up overwriting the target file. A similar vulnerability exists with the mysql_multi utility, which creates a temporary file called mysql_multi.log.


Since mysql_multi runs as root, a local attacker could use this to destroy any other users' data or corrupt and destroy system files.


One could modify both scripts to log to a directory that users do not have write permission to, such as /var/log/mysql/.


All users should upgrade to the latest stable version of MySQL.

 # emerge sync

 # emerge -pv ">=dev-db/mysql-4.0.18-r2"
 # emerge ">=dev-db/mysql-4.0.18-r2"


Release date
May 25, 2004

Latest revision
May 25, 2004: 01



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