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Vulnerability Assessment Details
phpBB: Arbitrary command execution
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200507-03
(phpBB: Arbitrary command execution)
Ron van Daal discovered that phpBB contains a vulnerability in the
Successful exploitation would grant a possible hacker unrestricted
access to the PHP exec() or system() functions, permiting the execution
of arbitrary commands with the rights of the web server.
Please follow the instructions given in the phpBB announcement.
The phpBB package is no longer supported by Gentoo Linux and has
been removed from the Portage repository, no further announcements will
be issued regarding phpBB updates. Users who wish to continue using
phpBB are advised to monitor and refer to www.phpbb.com for more
To continue using the Gentoo-provided phpBB
package, please refer to the Portage documentation on unmasking
packages and upgrade to 2.0.16.
Network Security Threat Level: High
Networks Security ID:
Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: (C) 2005 Michel Arboi
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