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Re: HTTPD bug
From: ch11mh () surrey ac uk (Mr Martin J Hargreaves)
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 1995 15:22:31 +0100 (BST)

        I don't think this has been brought up on bugtraq yet, if it has 
sorry. This is from Linux-security, posted by "Mr Pink 
(vince () dallas demon co uk) apologies to Mr. Pink for my instant repost.

On Sun, 16 Apr 1995, Mr Pink wrote:

Hello all,
i was browsing thru alt.2600, as you do, and spotted something of interest
it appears there is a problem with the CERN httpd.

It allows you to create a directory in a users home dir that can be 
accessed via mosaic/netscape.  well the bad bit of news is, if you sym link
this dir to root (/), file ownership becomes non existent.

i was easily able to read the shadow passwd file!


"Why should i be frightened of dying?  Theres no reason for it.
 You've got to go sometime."  - TGGITS

        This may also be possible with the NCSA daemon. You can set the 
FOLLOW_SYMLINKS variable in $SERVERROOT/conf/access.conf I believe to 
prevent the NCSA one from following any symlinks. However I think it 
defaults to following them. Haven't tested the file permissions under 
these conditions. I think there is a hole if he could read the shadow 
passwords, but that good server admin (not allowing symlinks from user 
directories, not running httpd as root, etc) may prevent the attack 
(possibly why it hasn't been found until now)...


| Martin Hargreaves,                        ch11mh () surrey ac uk|
| Undergraduate Computational Chemist                          |
| WWW Server Admin                 http://www.chem.surrey.ac.uk|

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