[NT] Apache Web Server Directory Traversal and Path Disclosure Vulnerability (non UNIX)

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Date: 08/18/02

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  Apache Web Server Directory Traversal and Path Disclosure Vulnerability
(non UNIX)


The Apache server (non UNIX) has been found to contain two security
vulnerabilities, one a directory traversal vulnerability, the second a
path disclosure vulnerability. The first vulnerability allows an attacker
to any file in file system and execute it using a prefix of a /cgi-bin/.
The second vulnerability is a simple path disclosure bug, useful for
obtaining more info about the server (important if the administrator hide
some information).


Vulnerable systems:
 * Apache web server version 2.0.39 and previous 2.0.x

Immune systems:
 * Apache web server (UNIX)
 * Apache web server version 2.0.40 (Windows/Netware/OS2)

Path disclosure:
The vulnerability is not dangerous because it does not give remote access
to the system or other data accesses but for an attacker it is useful in
gathering detailed information about the server to launch other malicious

From the browser we must insert the following string:

Then the server will answer with this page:
|Not Acceptable
|An appropriate representation of the requested resource
/error/HTTP_NOT_FOUND.html.var could not be found on this server.
|Available variants:
| * C:/server/Apache Group/Apache2/error/HTTP_NOT_FOUND.html.var , type
text/html, language de
| * C:/server/Apache Group/Apache2/error/HTTP_NOT_FOUND.html.var , type
text/html, language en
| * C:/server/Apache Group/Apache2/error/HTTP_NOT_FOUND.html.var , type
text/html, language es
| * C:/server/Apache Group/Apache2/error/HTTP_NOT_FOUND.html.var , type
text/html, language fr

As you can see, the server answer with the full path of the file we have
requested. We can request all the files .var in the error folder and we
will have the same result.

Additional information can be found on the Apache website.

Directory traversal:
The problem is in the filtering of bad characters sent by the user. In our
case the backslash character ('\' == %5c) is not filtered out, allowing us
to directories outside the normally bounding HTTP root directory.

This vulnerability is even more severe by the fact that by prefixing the
directory with a /cgi-bin/ we can cause the execution of the file we are

The following are two simple examples:

The following will view the file winnt\win.ini:

The following will execute the "wintty" utility found in the Apache2/bin

The above two examples "translated":\..\..\..\..\winnt\win.ini\..\bin\wintty.exe?-t+HELLO

Apache 2.0.40 from Apache website: <http://httpd.apache.org>

However, this is a simple workaround suggested by the Apache Group for the
directory traversal bug:

A simple one-line workaround in the httpd.conf file will disallow the
vulnerability. Prior to the first 'Alias' or 'Redirect' directive, add the
following directive to the global server configuration:

RedirectMatch 400 "\\\.\."


The information has been provided by <mailto:aluigi@pivx.com> Auriemma
Luigi of PivX Solutions.


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