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Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 23:58:36 +0100
From: Martin Drescher <>
Subject: Re: Clear text password in process list when using
 MySQL GUI tools

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Hi ML.

On 17/11/10 21:06, Moritz Muehlenhoff wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 08:38:06AM -0500, Josh Bressers wrote:
>> Steve,
>> What are the thoughts of MITRE on this one? This affects all sorts of stuff,
>> and I don't upstream removing the command line option (which is probably the
>> only fix).
> I didn't look into this specific issue since both mysql-query-browser
> and mysql-admin have been removed and are no longer supported in Debian,

I can't follow you with that. Those packages are part of my Debian
distribution, which is lenny and the reason I initially posted this
issue to Debian security.

> but there have been cases in the past, where leaking sensitive information
> in the process list was assigned a CVE ID, e.g. CVE-2004-1948 for
> ncftp.

Let me add that for an experienced user it should/may be clear that
command line arguments may be visible in process list or via the proc
fs. The MySQL GUI-tools _and_ mysql command line tool do in fact that
they care about sensitive information (eg. user, password, host). But
then the GUI does this epic fail calling 'mysql' through an 'xterm -e
mysql ...' call. Or some other kind of terminal. This is a kind of stupid.

> Cheers,
>         Moritz

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