It is often possible in sites using Livewire to download the actual application rather than individual pages generated by it. If the page is http://www.blah.com/foo/ try downloading http://www.blah.com/foo.web .
Daragh Malone <daragh_malone@ACCURIS.IE>
Obtain the livewire application rather than the pages it generates. These may have passwords and other sensitive info stored in them.
Those running Livewire, in particular DEC UNIX 4.0D running Netscape Enterprise Server 3.0.
24 April 1998
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 12:48:02 +0100
From: Daragh Malone <daragh_malone@ACCURIS.IE>
Subject: Security Hole in Netscape Enterprise Server 3.0
I don't know if there is a patch for this, or if this is already
well known, but here it is. A simple workaround follows.
Problem: Livewire Applications are downloadable. (Passwords are
Platform: DEC UNIX 4.0D (possibly all Unixes/NT)
applications that behave similiar to Active Server Pages. The main
difference is that Livewire applications are compiled to a proprietary
byte executable that contains all the pages in the application.
These applications are generated with .web extensions. In their own
example, the game hangman is accessed as
http://www.myserver.com/hangman/ and the application is hangman.web.
So accessing http://www.myserver.com/hangman/hangman.web will download
the application to your browser.
The second problem lies in the fact that all the pages are
readable, and that database username/passwords are unencrypted, unless
specifically encrypted in your application.
The two problems combined can compromise security. This problem
occurs regardless of Web directory permissions from a server level.
Rename the .web application to something cryptic like G6r$79k9.web
and make sure that the directory it's in isn't a document directory.
I verified this problem on a few Internet sites, which leads to the
question: If you verify a web security problem (remember .. at the end
of Active Server Pages) is this technically illegal.
If anyone knows if this problem has been fixes I'd really
The master index of all exploits is available
here (Very large file)
Or you can pick your favorite operating system:
This page is part of Fyodor's exploit
For a free program to automate scanning your network for vulnerable
hosts and services, check out my network mapping tool, nmap. Or try these Insecure.Org resouces: