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Subject: DST2K0039: Webteachers Webdata: Importing files lower than web ro ot possible in to database
From: Security Team (SecurityTeamDELPHISPLC.COM)
Date: Mon Oct 02 2000 - 05:12:54 CDT


We have released the following advisory due to the fact that we have
provided a patch (Section II). If people require any help with
implementing this patch please come back to us on the following e-mail
address (securityteamdelphisplc.com).

This patch may require a little tinkering with for your installation
(i.e. chroot environments).


Ollie Whitehouse
Security Team Leader
tel: +44 (0)20 79160200

                            Delphis Consulting Plc

                           Security Team Advisories

Adv : DST2K0039
Title : Webteachers Webdata: Importing files lower than web root
                possible in to database
Author : DCIST (securityteamdelphisplc.com)
O/S : Linux / WindowsNT
Product : Webteachers WebData
Date : 26/09/2000

I. Description

II. Solution

III. Vendor Comments

IV. Disclaimer


I. Description

Vendor URL: http://webteacher.com/webdata/

Delphis Consulting Internet Security Team (DCIST) discovered the following
vulnerability in WebData under Linux (although not tested under WindowsNT
we would expect the same results).

Severity: Medium (due to the fact that you need an account in WebData)

It is possible to import any file (i.e. /etc/passwd) from the file system
which the Webserver user (i.e. nobody) has access to in to the WebData
database. This enables potenial attackers to gain access to the contents
of a number of key files (i.e. hosts.allow / hosts.deny .etc) by browsing
the database afterwards.

Note: You need at least a member account to perform this action.

The below script won't just work but will require a little brain power
to get working with your database. This enables a user to import
anonymously any file that the web user has access to.

example script:
<form action="" method="post">
<font size=3>Is the file comma or tab delimited?</font></B>
<select name="delimiter" size=1>
<option value="comma">comma
<option value="tab">tab
<option value="pipe">pipe
<INPUT TYPE=HIDDEN NAME="member" VALUE="anonymous">
<input type=hidden name="cgifunction" value="import2">

II. Solution

Vendor Status: Informed

Currently there us no known solution to this problem. Delphis have provided
a patch to the perl script below:

[rootdcist cgi-bin]# diff webdata_new.pl webdata_old.pl
< $webroot='/home/httpd/html/';
< if (length($user_data{pathname})>0) { # is the user using this method
< $olddata = $user_data{pathname}; # store this so we have it for
< $user_data{pathname} = $webroot . $user_data{pathname};
< $user_data{pathname} =~ s/\.\.//g; # strip out all double dots
< }
< print " [$user_data{pathname}] ";
< open (FIELDS,"<$fieldnames") or &error("could not open $fieldnames");

>     open (FIELDS,"<$fieldnames") or &error('could not open $fieldnames');
<     open (FILE,"<$user_data{pathname}") or &error("Could not open
>     open (FILE,"<$user_data{pathname}") or &error("Could not open

III. Vendor Comments ============================================================================

Thank you for the security advise. We will make the patch in the next release. Most likely, the patch will simply require the imported file to be in the "uploads" directory, to which Webdata already has an absolute path, and no slashes will be permitted in the filename.

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