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Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 07:22:44 -0400
From: larry Cashdollar <>
To: "" <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: Debian's package "mysql-server" leaks
 credential information

According to the bug report details that's a race condition.  A malicious user is using a vulnerability in the way the installation script handles changing file permissions to disclose sensitive information.  

Larry C$

On Jun 8, 2013, at 7:00 AM, wrote:

> On 08-Jun-2013 12:44:45 +0200, vladz wrote:
>> The file "/etc/mysql/debian.cnf", which contains plain text
>> credentials for the "debian-sys-maint" mysql user, is created
>> in an insecure manner during the package installation phase.
>> This can lead a non-privileged local user to disclose its content
>> and use this special account to perform administration tasks.
>> Could you allocate CVE id for this issue?
> That's not a security issue, but a misconfiguration (alas, very common
> for Deb*an packages), so at least I doubt that deserves a CVE.
> -- 
> Alexey V. Vissarionov aka Gremlin from Kremlin <gremlin ПРИ gremlin ТЧК ru>
> GPG key ID: 0xEF3B1FA8, keyserver: hkp://
> GPG key fingerprint: 8832 FE9F A791 F796 8AC9 6E4E 909D AC45 EF3B 1FA8

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