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

Vulnerability Note VU#939675

Original Release Date: 2002-08-16 | Last Revised: 2002-08-16


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 and

This vulnerability was discovered David Litchfield of NGSSoftware.


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


Apply a patch as described in

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  August 16, 2002



Vendor Statement


Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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Thanks to David Litchfield for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Shawn V Hernan.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2002-0721
Severity Metric: 12.66
Date Public: 2002-08-16
Date First Published: 2002-08-16
Date Last Updated: 2002-08-16 22:21 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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