Improper authorization in PostgreSQL

Published: 2020-02-13
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-1720
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Server applications / Database software

Vendor PostgreSQL Global Development Group

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Improper Authorization

EUVDB-ID: #VU25333

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2020-1720

CWE-ID: CWE-285 - Improper Authorization

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to perform unauthorized modification of data in database.

The vulnerability exists due to the ALTER ... DEPENDS ON EXTENSION sub-commands do not perform authorization checks, which can allow an unprivileged user to drop any function, procedure, materialized view, index, or trigger under certain conditions. This attack is possible if an administrator has installed an extension and an unprivileged user can CREATE, or an extension owner either executes DROP EXTENSION predictably or can be convinced to execute DROP EXTENSION.


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Vulnerable software versions

PostgreSQL: 12.0 - 12.1, 11.0 - 11.6, 10.0 - 10.11, 9.6.0 - 9.6.16

CPE2.3 External links

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