Directory Traversal in Sun iPlanet Administration Server 5.1
From: Brewis, Mark (mark.brewis_at_eds.com)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 13:33:24 +0100
Text of original posting to Sun:
>>Originator: EDS Information Assurance Group - Jim Hardisty, Mark Brewis
>>Date of Contact: 22nd April 2003
>>Issue:During a recent Penetration Test, a member of the team, Jim
Hardisty, identified an issue with an installation of >>iPlanet
Administration Express. It is possible to escape the log viewer under
iPlanet Administration Express, and
>>since the application runs with root privilege, it is possible to access
any file on the host server, including
>>security critical files.
>>Version: iPlanet Administration Server 5.1
>>The following URL will return the last 5000 accesses to passwd:
>>Once an escape has been made, the drop-down menu details all files under
the called directory, e.g., /etc will lists
>>shadow, hosts, hosts.allow, hosts.deny etc.
>>We have identified users:
>> 1) Failing to recognise the nature of the application, seeing it
only as a web configuration app, and not
>> appreciating that it runs setuid 0. As a result, they have
been cavalier with password security, applying >> poor
password controls, and have not applied ACLs to prevent unlimited internal
access to the application.
>> 2) Failing to apply a password to the application. During
install, there must be a forced set password, and
>> end-user must understand that this is a root level password
they are setting.
>> 3) Exposing the application to the Internet.
>>Whether there are other escape sequences that will work is unknown.
>>We will abide by the RFP Disclosure Guidelines v2.0 -
>>Should credit be forthcoming coming, please acknowledge Jim Hardisty as
the discoverer, me as second string.
>>Information Assurance Group
Sun have now informed me that the issue was addressed in:
SunOne DS5.2 and in iDS5.1 SP2 Hotfix2
Sun(tm) ONE Directory Server 5.2 Release Notes
iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Service Pack 2
Updated June 11, 2003
I am unable to find a reference for Hotfix 2, so if anyone can supply one
I'd be grateful, or if anyone can find a reference to this issue in either
of the above, I'd be even more grateful!
Information Assurance Group
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