XAMPP multiple files insecure execution path

xampp-insecure-start-path (26581) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


XAMPP uses an unquoted path specification for the FileZilla (FileZillaServer.exe), MySQLAdmin (mysqld-nt.exe) , CGI (Perl.exe), and XAMPP Control Panel (xamppcontrol.exe) services, which are installed in the C:\Program Files\ directory by default. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a malicious "program" executable file in the C:\ directory, which would be executed with SYSTEM privileges each time one of the affected XAMPP files is started.


Gain Privileges


Upgrade to the latest XAMPP beta version (1.5.3-beta5 or later), available from the Apache Friends Web site. See References.


  • Apache Friends Web site: XAMPP BETA.
  • Apache Friends Web site: Possible privilege escalations in XAMPP for Windows.
  • Full-Disclosure Mailing List, Sun May 21 2006 - 11:57:39 CDT: [TZO-072006]-Xampp - Multiple Priviledge Escalation (SYSTEM) and Rogue Autostarthttp.
  • Sec Dev Web site: XAMPP - Multiple Priviledge Escalation and Rogue Autostart.
  • CVE-2006-4994: Multiple unquoted Windows search path vulnerabilities in Apache Friends XAMPP 1.5.2 might allow local users to gain privileges via a malicious program file in %SYSTEMDRIVE%, which is run when XAMPP attempts to execute (1) FileZillaServer.exe, (2) mysqld-nt.exe, (3) Perl.exe, or (4) xamppcontrol.exe with an unquoted Program Files pathname.
  • OSVDB ID: 26145: XAMPP Installation Path Subversion Local Privilege Escalation

Platforms Affected:

  • Apache Friends XAMPP 1.5.2


May 21, 2006

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