Title: SQL Query Method Enables Cached Administrator Connection to be Reused Date: 12 June 2001 Software: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 7.0 Impact: Privilege elevation Bulletin: MS01-032
Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-032.asp.
When a client connection to a SQL Server is terminated, it remains cached for a short period of time for performance reasons. One SQL query method contains a flaw that has the effect of making it possible for one user's query to reuse a cached connection that belonged to the sa account.
Exploiting this vulnerability would enable an attacker to execute the query using the administrator's security context. This would give her the ability to take any desired action on the database; moreover, it would give her the ability to run extended stored procedures, thereby giving her the opportunity to run code of her choice and assume de facto control of the server itself.
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