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Sambar Web Server vulnerable to sourcecode disclosure due to improper parsing of scripts

Vulnerability Note VU#117139

Original Release Date: 2002-07-29 | Last Revised: 2003-05-19


Sambar Webserver displays script contents instead of interpreting them when the user adds certain characters to the end of the script URL.


Sambar Webserver is designed to handle CGI requests by interpreting CGI scripts to produce output returned to the client. However, due to flaws in Sambar Webserver's URL parsing, it is possible to trick the server into into thinking that a CGI script is a regular file and serving the script's contents instead of interpreting the script. This problem occurs when the client adds a space and a null byte to the end of the script URL.


Attackers can access information that may be considered sensitive, including usernames or passwords contained in CGI scripts.


Apply a patch from your vendor

Upgrade to version 5.2b, available at:

Remove all CGI scripts from the server, or limit the sensitive information in your CGI scripts.

Vendor Information

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Sambar Technologies

Notified:  April 18, 2002 Updated:  June 07, 2002



Vendor Statement

"A patch is currently available at:

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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The content of this document is based on information provided by Peter Gründl.

This document was written by Shawn Van Ittersum and Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2002-0737
Severity Metric: 4.56
Date Public: 2002-04-17
Date First Published: 2002-07-29
Date Last Updated: 2003-05-19 23:32 UTC
Document Revision: 12

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