[Phpmyadmin-devel] AllowArbitraryServer and synchronisation

Marc Delisle marc at infomarc.info
Fri Jan 28 17:33:32 CET 2011

Michal Čihař a écrit :
> Hi all
> for security reasons we have chosen AllowArbitraryServer to be disabled
> by default. On the other side we have synchronization feature which
> allows to connect to arbitrary server as well and fetch any data from
> it.
> I think this disproportion should be fixed. I can see two approaches:
> 1. The other option would be to drop AllowArbitraryServer completely as
> right now it really does not bring any security.

I'm not in favor.
> 2. Make AllowArbitraryServer really work as expected:
> - Make AllowArbitraryServer enabled by default. I don't think the risk
>   is too big and many people would use this feature.

I'm also not in favor, because of the increased risk. By doing so by 
default we open the door to access (or try to access) any MySQL server 
reachable by this web server.

I also don't like the extra "Server" question that this would bring.

> - If AllowArbitraryServer is set to false, disallow synchronization
>   with arbitrary server as well.

I am in favor of this suggestion.

> But maybe I'm missing some other possibility. Comments?

Marc Delisle

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