PhpMyAdmin Releases Security Update 4.8.5 Patches SQL Injection and Arbitrary File Read

PhpMyAdmin security fix v4.8.5 will patch an SQL Injection and arbitrary file read vulnerability.

Security is a daily ongoing endeavor and discipline in today’s online world. In a security blog post the developers of phpMyAdmin announced version 4.8.5 of its software to address a few security related issues.

The security fixes involve:

The arbitrary file read vulnerability could also be exploited to delete arbitrary files on the server. This attack requires that phpMyAdmin be run with the $cfg['AllowArbitraryServer'] directive set to true, which is not the default. An attacker must run a malicious server process that will masquerade as a MySQL server. This exploit has been found and fixed recently in several other related projects and appears to be caused by a bug in PHP (

In addition to the security fixes, this release also includes these bug fixes and more as part of our regular release cycle:

  • Export to SQL format not available
  • QR code not shown when adding two-factor authentication to a user account
  • Issue with adding a new user in MySQL 8.0.11 and newer
  • Frozen interface relating to Text_Plain_Sql plugin
  • Table level Operations tab was missing

And several more. Complete notes are in the ChangeLog file included with this release.

As always, downloads are available at

Update if you got it and as always, great work my the devs !