lighttpd: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200804-08

Multiple vulnerabilities in lighttpd may lead to information disclosure or a Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

www-servers/lighttpd on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.4.19-r2
Unaffected versions >= 1.4.19-r2

Background

lighttpd is a lightweight high-performance web server.

Description

Julien Cayzax discovered that an insecure default setting exists in mod_userdir in lighttpd. When userdir.path is not set the default value used is $HOME. It should be noted that the "nobody" user's $HOME is "/" (CVE-2008-1270). An error also exists in the SSL connection code which can be triggered when a user prematurely terminates his connection (CVE-2008-1531).

Impact

A remote attacker could exploit the first vulnerability to read arbitrary files. The second vulnerability can be exploited by a remote attacker to cause a Denial of Service by terminating a victim's SSL connection.

Workaround

As a workaround for CVE-2008-1270 you can set userdir.path to a sensible value, e.g. "public_html".

Resolution

All lighttpd users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-servers/lighttpd-1.4.19-r2"

References

Release Date
April 10, 2008

Latest Revision
April 10, 2008: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
remote

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