Vulnerability Note VU#181907

Directory-traversal vulnerability in Mike Spice's My Classifieds CGI script

Original Release date: 31 Jul 2002 | Last revised: 31 Jul 2002


Some versions of My Classifieds contain a directory-traversal vulnerability that allows attackers to overwrite files.


My Classifieds is a Perl CGI script, maintained by Mike Spice, that produces dynamic ad listings on a web server and allows users to edit their ads remotely. Prior to version 1.3, My Classifieds passed the CGI variable "category" to Perl's open() function without checking the variable for tampering by the client user.


Remote attackers can craft an HTTP request with any path in the "category" variable, allowing the attacker to overwrite any file to which the web server process has access.


Upgrade to version 1.3 of My Classifieds at:

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Mike SpiceAffected29 Jan 200207 Jun 2002
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Thanks to Mike Spice for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Shawn Van Ittersum.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 09 Jan 2002
  • Date First Published: 31 Jul 2002
  • Date Last Updated: 31 Jul 2002
  • Severity Metric: 1.35
  • Document Revision: 6


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