QDAV-2001-7-3

2001-07-18T00:00:00
ID PACKETSTORM:25015
Type packetstorm
Reporter qDefense.com
Modified 2001-07-18T00:00:00

Description

                                        
                                            `Interactive Story File Disclosure Vulnerability  
qDefense Advisory Number QDAV-2001-7-3  
  
Product: Interactive Story  
  
Vendor: Valerie Mates (http://www.valeriemates.com)  
  
Severity: Remote; Attacker may read arbitrary file  
  
Versions Affected: Version 1.3  
  
Vendor Status: Vendor contacted; has released new version, 1.4, which is   
not vulnerable  
  
Cause: Failure to validate input  
  
In Short: Interactive Story does not properly validate the contents of a   
hidden field entitled "next". By setting that field to the name of a file,   
and using double dots and poison nulls, an attacker can cause Interactive   
Story to display the contents of any file.  
  
  
The current version of this document is available at   
http://qDefense.com/Advisories/QDAV-2001-7-3.html.  
  
Details:  
Interactive Story contains the following lines:  
  
$nextfile = "$story_dir/$in{'next'}.txt";  
...  
elsif ((-e $nextfile) && ($in{'submit'} eq "")) {  
...  
  
while (<STORY>) {  
print $_;  
}  
...  
}  
  
If an attacker sets the "next" field to something like   
../../../../../../../../../../etc/passwd%00, Interactive Story will open   
and display the password file. This technique can be used to display any   
file that the web server has permission to read.  
Solution:  
  
Valerie Mates has released an upgrade, version 1.4, which strips special   
characters from the "next" field.  
  
  
  
  
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