[Wine] WineHQ database compromise

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 14:46:19 CDT 2011

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:
> Hi,
> 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
> system.
> 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:
> http://asiknews.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/best-practice-password-management-for-internet-web-sites/
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Jeremy

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