VDB-50905 · CVE-2009-3898 · SA36818

nginx up to 0.8.9 path traversal

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in nginx up to 0.8.9 (Web Server). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a path traversal vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-22. The product uses external input to construct a pathname that is intended to identify a file or directory that is located underneath a restricted parent directory, but the product does not properly neutralize special elements within the pathname that can cause the pathname to resolve to a location that is outside of the restricted directory. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, and integrity. The summary by CVE is:

Directory traversal vulnerability in src/http/modules/ngx_http_dav_module.c in nginx (aka Engine X) before 0.7.63, and 0.8.x before 0.8.17, allows remote authenticated users to create or overwrite arbitrary files via a .. (dot dot) in the Destination HTTP header for the WebDAV (1) COPY or (2) MOVE method.

The weakness was published 11/24/2009 (oss-sec). The advisory is shared at openwall.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2009-3898 since 11/05/2009. The attack can be launched remotely. The successful exploitation needs a single authentication. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1006 for this issue.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 59614 (GLSA-201203-22 : nginx: Multiple vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Gentoo Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 0.8.10 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (59614), Secunia (SA36818†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-44702†). Similar entry is available at VDB-50903.






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Class: Path traversal

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Nessus ID: 59614
Nessus Name: GLSA-201203-22 : nginx: Multiple vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 71308
OpenVAS Name: Gentoo Security Advisory GLSA 201203-22 (nginx)
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Upgrade: nginx 0.8.10


09/23/2009 🔍
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03/18/2015 +293 days 🔍
08/28/2021 +2355 days 🔍


Advisory: openwall.com
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2009-3898 (🔍)
Secunia: 36818 - nginx WebDAV Directory Traversal Security Issue, Less Critical
Vulnerability Center: 44702 - nginx 0.7- 0.7.62 and 0.8-0.8.16 Remote Directory Traversal Vulnerability in ngx_http_dav_module.c, Medium

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Created: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM
Updated: 08/28/2021 04:16 AM
Changes: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM (64), 05/29/2017 09:02 AM (2), 08/28/2021 04:16 AM (3)
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