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Category:   Application (Database)  >   MySQL Vendors:
MySQL Non-existent '--user' Error May Allow the Database to Run With Incorrect Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1013994
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 18 2005
Impact:   Modification of system information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 4.1.12, 5.0.5
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in MySQL. The database server may run with incorrect privileges.

If the 'mysqld' process is started with the '--user=[non_existent_user]' command line configuration option, it will run with the privileges of the calling user instead of providing an error message.

Lachlan Mulcahy reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   The software may run with the incorrect permissions.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (4.1.12), available at:

The pending version 5.0.5 will also include the fix.

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   State error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   None.

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