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Hacking Into Movable Type

Everyone knows what a great product Movable Type is. But if you find yourself in care of a Movable Type deployment that nobody seems to be able to login to with superuser privileges, it may seem pretty hopeless; if you need to perform privileged operations, especially if the installation is backended by a sleepycat, er, Oracle BerkelyDB database, the data is somewhat opaque. AFAIK, MT doesn't seem to ship with any "break glass with this little hammer if the superuser was hit by a bus" contingencies and with BerkelyDB there's no SQL command prompt; in fact, the only way to dig into it is to write some code. So I was fiddling with just such a MT-3.33 installation; I had an account but not much in the way of privileges. After opening the BerkeleyDB files with DB_File, dumping contents with Data::Dumper and going through some of the MT libraries, I found what I was looking for. Here's the Perl I hacked up to grant myself superuser privileges:


use strict;
use DB_File;
use lib qw( /path/to/MT-3.33/lib );
use MT;
use MT::Serialize;
use MT::ConfigMgr;

my $serializer = MT::Serialize->new(MT::ConfigMgr->instance->Serializer);
my %hash;
tie %hash,  'DB_File', '/path/to/MT-3.33/author.db', O_CREAT|O_RDWR, 0666, $DB_BTREE or die $!;
my $data;
while (my($k,$v) = each %hash) {
    my $rec = $serializer->unserialize($v);
    if (${$rec}->{'name'} eq 'Ian Kallen') {
        $data = ${$rec};
$data->{'is_superuser'} = 1;
my $frozen = $serializer->serialize( \$data );
$hash{'12'} = $frozen;
untie %hash;  
For other fixes to Movable Installations, consider MT-Medic.


( Oct 29 2006, 09:35:21 PM PST ) Permalink