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From: Matt Moore (matt_at_westpoint.ltd.uk)
Date: Wed Jul 10 2002 - 06:00:15 CDT

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    Westpoint Security Advisory

    Title: GoAhead Web Server Directory Traversal + Cross Site Scripting
    Risk Rating: Medium
    Software: GoAhead Web Server v2.1
    Platforms: Windows NT/98/95/CE
                Embedded Linux
                Novell Netware + others

    Vendor URL: www.goahead.com/webserver/webserver.htm
    Author: Matt Moore <mattwestpoint.ltd.uk>
    Date: 10th July 2002
    Advisory ID#: wp-02-0001

    GoAhead is an open source 'embedded' web server. Apparently used in various
    networking devices from several blue chip companies.

    ( http://www.goahead.com/webserver/customers.htm )


    Cross Site Scripting via 404 messages.

    GoAhead quotes back the requested URL when responding with a 404. Hence it
    is possible to perform cross-site scripting attacks, e.g:


    Read arbitrary files from the server running GoAhead(Directory Traversal)

    GoAhead is vulnerable to a directory traversal bug. A request such as

    GoAhead-server/../../../../../../../ results in an error message
    'Cannot open URL'.

    However, by encoding the '/' character, it is possible to break out of the
    web root and read arbitrary files from the server.
    Hence a request like:

    GoAhead-server/..%5C..%5C..%5C..%5C..%5C..%5C/winnt/win.ini returns the
    contents of the win.ini file.

    Vendor Response:
    I was unable to obtain any response from GoAhead technical support
    the identified issues.

    Patch Information:
    No vendor response, so unsure if fixed version available.

    Security History:

    http://www.securiteam.com/securitynews/5QP010U3FS.html - Directory
    http://www.securiteam.com/securitynews/5IP0E2K41I.html - Denial of Service
    http://www.securiteam.com/windowsntfocus/5LP040A3RS.html - Denial of

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