Easynews does not adequately validate user input thereby disclosing server installation path via crafted URL request

ID VU:597795
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2002-09-24T17:42:00



Easynews does not adequately validate user input. Attackers may exploit this vulnerability to learn the filesystem path where the script is installed.


Easynews is an open-source CGI script designed to create dynamic news story web pages and listings. Easynews does not properly filter input from an unspecified CGI variable. By setting the value of this variable to a non-number, an attacker can cause the script to crash and display the filesystem path where the script is installed.


An attacker can learn the filesystem path of the Easynews script, which includes the server's web directory.


The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.

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Updated: September 20, 2002


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CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | | N/A


  • <http://easyscripts.power-gaming.de/index.php?page=easynews>
  • <http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/3649>


Thanks to Markus Arndt for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Shawn Van Ittersum.

Other Information

CVE IDs: | None
Severity Metric:** | 0.86
Date Public:
| 2001-12-01
Date First Published: | 2002-09-24
Date Last Updated: | 2002-09-24 17:42 UTC
Document Revision: | 4