H-Online: The phpMyAdmin developers have announced the release of versions 3.4.4 and 188.8.131.52 of their open source database administration tool. According to the security advisory, these maintenance and security updates close a hole (CVE-2011-3181) in the Tracking feature that leads to multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities.
The exploit was discovered by Norman Hippert and is caused due to improper sanitisation when input is passed to the table, column and index names. For an attack to be successful, an attacker must be logged in via phpMyAdmin. Versions 3.3.0 to 184.108.40.206 are affected and the developers consider the problem to be serious. Updating to phpMyAdmin 220.127.116.11 or 3.4.4 fixes the problem. Alternatively, users can apply the provided patches.
Further information about the updates can be found in the 3.4.4 and 18.104.22.168 release announcements and in the project’s security advisories. Versions 3.4.4 and 22.214.171.124 of phpMyAdmin are available to download from the project’s site. Hosted on SourceForge, phpMyAdmin is licensed under the GPLv2.