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Subject: HomeSeer Directory Traversal Vulnerability
From: SNS Research (vuln-devGREYHACK.COM)
Date: Thu Dec 07 2000 - 16:14:02 CST

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-= HomeSeer Directory Traversal Vulnerability =-

Release date: Thursday, December 7, 2000


HomeSeer is home automation software for Windows 2000, Windows NT,
Windows 98, and Windows 95 that uses inexpensive X10 technology to
control your lights, appliances, and audio/video equipment. A webserver
is build in, allowing you to even remote control your appliances over
the Internet.

HomeSeer can be found at vendor Keware's website,


Adding the string "../" to an URL allows an attacker to files outside
of the webserver's publishing directory. This allows read access to any
file on the server. Example: http://localhost:80/../../../autoexec.bat
reads the file "autoexec.bat" from the partition's root dir.



Vendor has been notified and has acknowledged this problem. It has been
fixed in the 1.4.29 (beta-)version of the HomeSeer software which is
availble from http://www.keware.com/kewarebeta.htm and will be included
in the future 1.5 release.

This was tested against HomeSeer 1.4. Older versions can be expected to
vulnerable, users are encouraged to upgrade.


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compliant, all information is provided on AS IS basis.

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