October 17, 2001

Debian: Security update to the htdig package

Author: JT Smith

Posted at LWN.net: "Nergal reported a vulnerability in the htsearch program which is
distributed as part of the ht://Dig package, a indexing and searching
system for small domains or intranets. Using former versions it was
able to pass the parameter `-c' to the cgi program in order to use a
different configuration file.

A malicious user could point htsearch to a file like `/dev/zero' and
let the server run in an endless loop, trying to read config
parameters. If the user has write permission on the server he can
point the program to it and retrive any file readable by the webserver
user id."


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