Vulnerability Note VU#939675

Microsoft Windows SQL Server allows arbitrary queries to be executed via "xp_printstatements" extended procedure

Original Release date: 16 Aug 2002 | Last revised: 16 Aug 2002


MS SQL Server contains an extended stored procedure with inappropriate permission settings.


Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 contain an extended stored procedure, xp_printstatements, that permits an unprivileged user of a database to gain administrative access to the database. For more information, please see

This vulnerability was discovered David Litchfield of NGSSoftware.


An intruder can gain administrative access to a vulnerable SQL Server database.


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VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-16 Aug 2002
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Thanks to David Litchfield for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Shawn V Hernan.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2002-0721
  • Date Public: 16 Aug 2002
  • Date First Published: 16 Aug 2002
  • Date Last Updated: 16 Aug 2002
  • Severity Metric: 12.66
  • Document Revision: 4


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