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Directory Traversal in Sun iPlanet Administration Server 5.1
From: "Brewis, Mark" <mark.brewis () eds com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 13:33:24 +0100
Text of original posting to Sun:
Originator: EDS Information Assurance Group - Jim Hardisty, Mark Brewis
Date of Contact: 22nd April 2003
Issue:During a recent Penetration Test, a member of the team, Jim
Hardisty, identified an issue with an installation of >>iPlanet
Administration Express. It is possible to escape the log viewer under
iPlanet Administration Express, and
since the application runs with root privilege, it is possible to access
any file on the host server, including
security critical files.
Version: iPlanet Administration Server 5.1
The following URL will return the last 5000 accesses to passwd:
Once an escape has been made, the drop-down menu details all files under
the called directory, e.g., /etc will lists
shadow, hosts, hosts.allow, hosts.deny etc.
We have identified users:
1) Failing to recognise the nature of the application, seeing it
only as a web configuration app, and not
appreciating that it runs setuid 0. As a result, they have
been cavalier with password security, applying >> poor
password controls, and have not applied ACLs to prevent unlimited internal
access to the application.
2) Failing to apply a password to the application. During
install, there must be a forced set password, and
end-user must understand that this is a root level password
they are setting.
3) Exposing the application to the Internet.
Whether there are other escape sequences that will work is unknown.
We will abide by the RFP Disclosure Guidelines v2.0 -
Should credit be forthcoming coming, please acknowledge Jim Hardisty as
the discoverer, me as second string.
Information Assurance Group
Sun have now informed me that the issue was addressed in:
SunOne DS5.2 and in iDS5.1 SP2 Hotfix2
Sun(tm) ONE Directory Server 5.2 Release Notes
iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Service Pack 2
Updated June 11, 2003
I am unable to find a reference for Hotfix 2, so if anyone can supply one
I'd be grateful, or if anyone can find a reference to this issue in either
of the above, I'd be even more grateful!
Information Assurance Group
Tel: +44 (0)1908 28 4234/4013
Fax: +44 (0)1908 28 4393
E@: mark.brewis () eds com
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