Apache httpd 1.1.3 apache_status vulnerability

Description:Older versions of Apache httpd would blindly follow symlinks and overwrite files with its /tmp/apache_status file.
Author:Dean Gaudet (dgaudet@ARCTIC.ORG)
Compromise: root (local)
Vulnerable Systems:systems running Apache httpd v1.1.3 or lower on some architectures
Date:16 February 1996


Date: Sun, 16 Feb 1997 15:28:40 +0200
From: Mihai Ibanescu 
Subject: Bug in apache httpd 1.1.3


        I noticed something interesting on my RedHat linux system (and on
some other linuxes).
        httpd creates a file /tmp/apache_status, and follows blindly any
link if /tmp/apache_status points somewhere, for instance /etc/passwd. So
one can overwrite any file in the system. If she is able to create such a
link, and I don't think that's impossible.
        The funny thing is that I have apache 1.1.3 installed on a SPARC
Solaris, and the problem doesn't exist there. So am I paranoid, or is
there a problem in the Apache server?


Department of Computer Science          Mihai Ibanescu
"Al. I. Cuza" Univ. of Iasi             e-mail: misa@infoiasi.ro
Romania                                 http://www.infoiasi.ro/~misa

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