htsearch program in htDig 3.2 beta, 3.1.6, 3.1.5, and earlier allows remote attackers to determine the physical path of the server by requesting a non-existent configuration file using the config parameter, which generates an error message that includes the full path.
The software generates an error message that includes sensitive information about its environment, users, or associated data.
|Name||Vendor||Start Version||End Version|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3||RedHat||htdig-2:3.1.6-7.el3||*|
The sensitive information may be valuable information on its own (such as a password), or it may be useful for launching other, more serious attacks. The error message may be created in different ways:
An attacker may use the contents of error messages to help launch another, more focused attack. For example, an attempt to exploit a path traversal weakness (CWE-22) might yield the full pathname of the installed application. In turn, this could be used to select the proper number of “..” sequences to navigate to the targeted file. An attack using SQL injection (CWE-89) might not initially succeed, but an error message could reveal the malformed query, which would expose query logic and possibly even passwords or other sensitive information used within the query.