WineHQ database compromise
adys.wh at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 14:53:13 CDT 2011
On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 8:46 PM, Jerome Leclanche <adys.wh at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you so much for letting the users know so early on.
> Bugzilla/forum passwords should probably be reset as well for appdb
> users, there's no doubt most people share passwords with the appdb.
> On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM, Jeremy White <jwhite at codeweavers.com> wrote:
>> I am sad to say that there was a compromise of the WineHQ database system.
>> What we know at this point that someone was able to obtain unauthorized
>> access to the phpmyadmin utility. We do not exactly how they obtained
>> access; it was either by compromising an admins credentials, or by
>> exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in phpmyadmin.
>> We had reluctantly provided access to phpmyadmin to the appdb developers
>> (it is a very handy tool, and something they very much wanted). But it
>> is a prime target for hackers, and apparently our best efforts at
>> obscuring it and patching it were not sufficient.
>> So we have removed all access to phpmyadmin from the outside world.
>> We do not believe the attackers obtained any other form of access to the
>> On the one hand, we saw no evidence of harm to any database. We saw no
>> evidence of any attempt to change the database (and candidly, using the
>> real appdb or bugzilla is the easy way to change the database).
>> Unfortunately, the attackers were able to download the full login
>> database for both the appdb and bugzilla. This means that they have all
>> of those emails, as well as the passwords. The passwords are stored
>> encrypted, but with enough effort and depending on the quality of the
>> password, they can be cracked.
>> This, I'm afraid, is a serious threat; it means that anyone who uses the
>> same email / password on other systems is now vulnerable to a malicious
>> attacker using that information to access their account.
>> We are going to be resetting every password and sending a private email
>> to every affected user.
>> This is again another reminder to never use a common username / password
>> pair. This web site provides further advice as well:
>> I am very sad to have to report this. We have so many challenges in our
>> world today that this is a particularly painful form of salt for our wounds.
>> However, I think it is urgent for everyone to know what happened.
Nevermind... had not received the other emails yet.
Best of luck sorting it all out.
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