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454077: CVE-2008-4098 mysql: incomplete upstream fix for CVE-2008-2079

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

MySQL before 5.0.67 allows local users to bypass certain privilege checks by calling CREATE TABLE on a MyISAM table with modified (1) DATA DIRECTORY or (2) INDEX DIRECTORY arguments that are originally associated with pathnames without symlinks, and that can point to tables created at a future time at which a pathname is modified to contain a symlink to a subdirectory of the MySQL home data directory. NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2008-4097.

Find out more about CVE-2008-4098 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 via and in Red Hat Application Stack v2 via .

In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, issue CVE-2008-2079 was fixed without introducing CVE-2008-4098 in .

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 3.2
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:N
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Low
Authentication Single
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact None

Find out more about Red Hat support for the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Application Stack v2 for Enterprise Linux (v.5) (postgresqlclient81) RHSA-2009:1067 2009-05-26
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (mysql) RHSA-2010:0110 2010-02-16

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