Date: 27 May 2009
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A U S C E R T A L E R T
AL-2009.0041 -- AUSCERT ALERT
Possible authentication bypass vulnerability in IIS6
27 May 2009
AusCERT Alert Summary
Product: Microsoft IIS 6
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access Privileged Data
CVE Names: CVE-2009-1676
Revision History: May 27 2009: Summary added
May 19 2009: CVE information added
May 18 2009: Initial Release
A possible vulnerability in IIS6 has been found that may allow a
remote attacker to access protected files without a password.
Active exploitation of this vulnerability has been reported in
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker
to specify any file on the system. This may allow the download of
otherwise protected files. Specifying an executable file (for
instance C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe) may also allow the attacker to
run arbitrary code.
The vulnerability can be used to discover the directory structure of
the affected system and listings of the contents of every directory -
an attacker would not need existing knowledge of the server to find
and steal data.
There is currently no information from Microsoft concerning this
Current information indicates that only IIS6 is vulnerable - IIS7 is
not. Disabling WebDAV (which is not on by default in IIS6) will
mitigate this issue, but may not be possible for sites using
SharePoint or other WebDAV based technologies.
Unless the serving of script source is enabled, an attacker cannot
use this vulnerability to access the contents of ASP scripts.
The vulnerability requires the use of a 'Translate: f' header in
the request. Scanning for and blocking such requests may help to
mitigate against the vulnerability.
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