AP Newspower software <=4.0.1 allows remote data manipulation

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2007-05-09T00:00:00



AP Newspower is commercial software available from the AP that allows media outlets to obtain text news feeds from the Associated Press. It's like RSS, but you pay for it. And it's slower. And fatter.

The default install of this software includes a MySQL instance which stores the feeds as well as copy created by the local media outlet. This MySQL database is configured to allow remote access as root with a blank password. A person so inclined upon finding such a box could, say, insert an article of their own into shows.tblscript and make their own news. Or remotely censor the news, or, ... Oh noes!

The AP has been alerted of this issue, and has said they are not interested in fixing it.

I wonder if they bought a MySQL license, or if they are using it under the GPL license. Their web page (http://www.apbroadcast.com/AP+Broadcast/Radio/Prep+Services/AP+News Power.htm) certainly makes no mention of where to obtain the source. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Note: This signature can be verified at https://www.hushtools.com/verify Version: Hush 2.5

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