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ScreamingMedia SITEware does not adequately validate user input thereby allowing arbitrary file disclosure via directory traversal

Vulnerability Note VU#795707

Original Release Date: 2001-06-22 | Last Revised: 2002-12-16


A vulnerability exists in ScreamingMedia's SiteWare Editor's Desktop that allows an intruder to read arbitrary files within the SiteWare web hierarchy.


SiteWare Editor's Desktop is a web-based administration tool for manipulating ScreamingMedia content on a SiteWare web server. While logged into into the SiteWare application, a malicious user can traverse the directory tree and request any file located within the SiteWare web root. For more information, please see the ScreamingMedia advisory.


An intruder can view information stored in the SiteWare web root directory, such as SiteWare access information. This could result an intruder gaining unauthorized access to the SiteWare application. Once the intruder has gained access to the SiteWare application, s/he could modify web content and/or disrupt web services. Note that this vulnerability does not expose any files out of the SiteWare web root directory.


Contact vendor for patches.

Vendor Information


ScreamingMedia Affected

Notified:  May 08, 2001 Updated: June 21, 2001



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Vendor Information

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This vulnerability was discovered by Mike Shema <mike.shema@foundstone> and was reported to the Bugtraq mailing list on June 13, 2001.

This document was written by Ian A. Finlay.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0555
Severity Metric: 37.80
Date Public: 2001-05-08
Date First Published: 2001-06-22
Date Last Updated: 2002-12-16 14:26 UTC
Document Revision: 45

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