lighttpd up to 1.1.9 Access Restriction information disclosure

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in lighttpd up to 1.1.9 (Web Server). Affected by this issue is an unknown functionality of the component Access Restriction. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a information disclosure vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-200. The product exposes sensitive information to an actor that is not explicitly authorized to have access to that information. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

lighttpd before 1.4.20 compares URIs to patterns in the (1) url.redirect and (2) url.rewrite configuration settings before performing URL decoding, which might allow remote attackers to bypass intended access restrictions, and obtain sensitive information or possibly modify data.

The bug was discovered 09/30/2008. The weakness was presented 10/03/2008 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2008-4359 since 09/30/2008. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1592 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 3 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 34353 (Debian DSA-1645-1 : lighttpd - various), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 87354 (lighttpd Multiple Security Vulnerabilities).

Upgrading to version 1.1.2 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 3 days after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (45690), Tenable (34353), SecurityFocus (BID 31599†), OSVDB (48886†) and Secunia (SA32069†).






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Class: Information disclosure
CWE: CWE-200 / CWE-284 / CWE-266

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 34353
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-1645-1 : lighttpd - various
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OpenVAS ID: 63385
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Core 9 FEDORA-2008-11923 (lighttpd)
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Upgrade: lighttpd 1.1.2


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Advisory: 2278
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2008-4359 (🔍)

X-Force: 45690
SecurityFocus: 31599 - Lighttpd URI Rewrite/Redirect Information Disclosure Vulnerability
Secunia: 32069
OSVDB: 48886 - CVE-2008-4359 - lighttpd - Security Bypass Issue
Vulnerability Center: 19687 - Lighttpd < 1.4.20 Remote Bypass of Access Restrictions, Medium
Vupen: ADV-2008-2741


Created: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM
Updated: 08/02/2021 10:37 AM
Changes: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM (76), 08/18/2019 09:28 AM (8), 08/02/2021 10:37 AM (3)
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