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Axigen Mail Server directory traversal vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#586556

Original Release Date: 2012-10-31 | Last Revised: 2013-04-02


Axigen Mail Server contains a directory traversal vulnerability.


CWE-22: Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory

Axigen Mail Server has a web based administration site which allows authorized administrators to perform certain actions via HTTP. The 'View Log Files' page does not sufficiently filter '..\' from web requests, making it possible for an attacker to browse, delete or download system files of the server.



A remote unauthenticated attacker may obtain sensitive information, cause a denial of service condition or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the application.


We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

Restrict access

As a general good security practice, only allow connections from trusted hosts and networks. Restricting access would prevent an attacker from accessing Axigen Mail Server web interface using stolen credentials from a blocked network location.

Vendor Information


Axigen Affected

Updated:  October 29, 2012



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 6.5 AV:N/AC:L/Au:S/C:P/I:P/A:P
Temporal 5.9 E:H/RL:W/RC:UR
Environmental 1.5 CDP:N/TD:L/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



Thanks to Zhao Liang of Beijing Leadsec Technology Co., Ltd for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Michael Orlando.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2012-4940
Date Public: 2012-10-31
Date First Published: 2012-10-31
Date Last Updated: 2013-04-02 22:21 UTC
Document Revision: 30

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