[VIM] Vendor dispute / clarification for CVE-2005-4515 (WebDB)

Matthew Murphy mattmurphy at kc.rr.com
Tue Mar 7 16:38:24 EST 2006

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Steven M. Christey wrote:
> FYI.  My read is that the reported vulnerability was in a single
> customized web site.  Also, from the sound of things, the software is not
> directly distributed to customers, rather it is controlled by the vendor.

My read is different.  I read it as "we added code [to the global
codebase] so that one client could test his/her use of the software."

This makes more sense to me when combined with the "No... patch is
required... all clients use a common code library" statement.

Bottom line... it's about as clear as mud.

> - Steve
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 21:03:28 -0000
> From: Lois Software
> To: cve at mitre.org
> Subject: CVE-2005-4515 (under review)
> [snip]
> WebDB is a generic online database system used by many of the clients of
> Lois Software. The flaw that was identified was some code that was added for
> a client to do some testing of his system and only certain safe commands
> were allowed. This code has now been removed and it is not now possible to
> use SQL queries as part of the query string.
> No installation or patch is required All clients use a common code library
> and have their own front end and databases and connections. So as soon as a
> change / upgrade / enhancement is made to the code, all users of the
> software begin to use the latest changes immediately.
> A message has also been put on the original posting site.
> Many Thanks
> Lois Software - Bristol - England
> www.loissoftware.com

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