Zabbix up to 2.0.17/2.2.12/3.0.2 Configuration Script userparameter_mysql.conf mysql.size sql injection

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Zabbix up to 2.0.17/2.2.12/3.0.2 (Network Management Software). Affected is some unknown functionality of the file userparameter_mysql.conf of the component Configuration Script. The manipulation of the argument mysql.size with an unknown input leads to a sql injection vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-89. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. An attacker might be able inject and/or alter existing SQL statements which would influence the database exchange.

The bug was discovered 05/03/2016. The weakness was disclosed 01/23/2017 by Timo Lindfors as EDB-39769 as confirmed exploit (Exploit-DB). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2016-4338 since 04/27/2016. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. A authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details and a public exploit are known.

A public exploit has been developed by Timo Lindfors and been published even before and not after the advisory. It is declared as proof-of-concept. The exploit is shared for download at The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 224 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 95816 (GLSA-201612-42 : Zabbix: Multiple vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Gentoo Local Security Checks and running in the context local.

Upgrading to version 2.0.18 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 89631) and Tenable (95816).




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Class: Sql injection
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: Timo Lindfors
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Nessus ID: 95816
Nessus Name: GLSA-201612-42 : Zabbix: Multiple vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 100917
OpenVAS Name: Zabbix Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability
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Upgrade: Zabbix 2.0.18


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Advisory: EDB-39769
Researcher: Timo Lindfors
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-4338 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 89631 - Zabbix CVE-2016-4338 Command Injection Vulnerability

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Created: 01/24/2017 08:31 AM
Updated: 12/02/2019 12:30 PM
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