Announcement-ID: PMASA-2013-2

Date: 2013-04-24


Remote code execution via preg_replace().


In some PHP versions, the preg_replace() function can be tricked into executing arbitrary PHP code on the server. This is done by passing a crafted argument as the regular expression, containing a null byte. phpMyAdmin does not correctly sanitize an argument passed to preg_replace() when using the "Replace table prefix" feature, opening the way to this vulnerability.


We consider this vulnerability to be serious.

Mitigation factor

This vulnerability can be triggered only by someone who logged in to phpMyAdmin, as the usual token protection prevents non-logged-in users to access the required form.

Affected Versions

Versions 3.5.x and 4.0.0 (before -rc3) are affected.


For 3.5.x, upgrade to phpMyAdmin 3.5.8 or newer; for 4.0.x, upgrade to 4.0.0-rc3 or newer. You can also apply the patches listed below.


Thanks to Janek Vind for reporting this issue.

Assigned CVE ids: CVE-2013-3238

CWE ids: CWE-661 CWE-94


The following commits have been made on the 3.5 branch to fix this issue:

More information

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