CVE number – CVE-2019-10211
A vulnerability in PostgreSQL could allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system.
The vulnerability exists because the EnterpriseDB Windows installer bundled with OpenSSL could allow code execution from an unprotected directory. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a directory and injecting a configuration that is designed to direct OpenSSL to load and execute arbitrary code on the targeted system as the user running a PostgreSQL server or client. A successful exploit could be used to conduct further attacks.
PostgreSQL has confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.
- To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must have user-level access to the targeted system. This access requirement could reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.
- Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to access local systems.
Administrators are advised to allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.
Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.
- PostgreSQL has released a security advisory at the following link: CVE-2019-10211
- PostgreSQL has released software updates at the following link: PostgreSQL Downloads
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