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Test ID:10015
Category:CGI abuses
Title:AltaVista Intranet Search
Summary:Checks if query?mss=... reads arbitrary files
Description:Description:

It is possible to read the content of any files on the remote
host (such as your configuration files or other sensitive data)
by using the Altavista Intranet Search service, and performing
the request:

GET /cgi-bin/query?mss=%2e%2e/config

Bugtraq ID : 896

Solution :
- edit /httpd/config file and change MGMT_IPSPEC from
'0.0.0.0/0' to a specific IP such as '127.0.0.1/32'
- stop page gathering via the management interface
- restart Altavista Search Service (to re-read config file)
- restart page gathering if necessary
- change the username/password through the management interface to bogus
information
- exploit server and download ../logs/mgtstate (puts file in cache)
http://localhost:9000/cgi-bin/query?mss=../logs/mgtstate
- change the username/password through the management interface to something
different (but not used anywhere else)
- avoid restarting the Altavista service or clearing the cache

Risk factor : High

Cross-Ref: BugTraq ID: 896
Common Vulnerability Exposure (CVE) ID: CVE-2000-0039
Bugtraq: 19991229 AltaVista (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 19991230 Follow UP AltaVista (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 19991229 AltaVista followup and monitor script (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 20000103 FW: Patch issued for AltaVista Search Engine Directory TraversalVulnerability (Google Search)
Bugtraq: 20000109 Altavista followup (Google Search)
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/896
http://www.osvdb.org/15
CopyrightThis script is Copyright (C) 2000 Renaud Deraison

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