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||27th November 2000
Georgi Guninski security advisory #30, 2000
IIS 5.0 with patch Q277873 allows executing arbitrary commands on the
IIS 5.0 with patch Q277873 applied (the patch is the problem)
Date: 27 November 2000
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If patch Q277873 is installed on IIS 5.0 then it is possible to execute
on the web server.
The following URL:
executes "DIR C:\"
When you are prompted save the output to a file.
It is possble to play with the MSADC directory instead of scripts.
It is also possible to read most files using:
Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-086)
Patch Available for "Web Server File Request Parsing" Vulnerability
Originally posted: November 06, 2000
Updated: November 21, 2000
which installs patch Q277873.
Unfortunately patch Q277873 opens another vulnerability which allows
programs on the web server.
I suggest deinstalling patch Q277873 until Microsoft patch it properly -
I believe in this case you are exposed to less risk.
Microsoft was contacted on 25 November 2000.
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