Vulnerability Note VU#825177
Apache allows arbitrary code execution via crafted POST request containing MS-DOS device name
Due to a flaw in the Apache web server's handling of MS-DOS device names, an attacker may be able to remotely execute code on systems running the Apache web server under some versions of Microsoft Windows.
The Apache HTTP server fails to filter POST requests for MS-DOS style device names. As a result, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary script commands on systems running Apache under versions of Windows that use these device names (i.e., Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millenium Edition).
An attacker issuing a carefully crafted POST may be able to execute a filtered type as a CGI, thereby allowing them to execute abitrary script commands.
Intruders may be able to remotely execute code on the vulnerable system. Since Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Millenium Edition do not provide any separation of user privileges, exploitation of this vulnerability results in a root compromise of the affected system.
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|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Apache Software Foundation||Affected||10 Dec 2002||29 Jan 2003|
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Thanks to Matthew Murphy for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.
- CVE IDs: CAN-2003-0016
- Date Public: 21 Jan 2003
- Date First Published: 12 Feb 2003
- Date Last Updated: 12 Feb 2003
- Severity Metric: 0.59
- Document Revision: 12
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