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Category:   Application (Web Server/CGI)  >   Borland Web Server Vendors:   Borland
Borland Web Server Input Validation Flaw Discloses Files to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1008840
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 25 2004
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 1.0b3 and prior versions
Description:   Rafel Ivgi (The-Insider) reported a vulnerability in the Borland Web Server (Corel Paradox web server). A remote user can view files located outside of the web document directory.

It is reported that the web server does not properly validate user-supplied input. A remote user can supply a specially crafted URL containing directory traversal characters (e.g., '%5c%2e%2e', '../') to view arbitrary files on the target system.

Some demonstration exploit URLs are provided:


Impact:   A remote user can view files on the target system that are located outside of the web document directory.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error, Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  BWS v1.0b3 Directory Transversal Vulnerability


Application:   BWS (Borland Web Server / (Corel Paradox)
Corporate mergers confuses the specified vendor.

Versions:        <= 1.0b3
Platforms:       Windows
Bug:                 Directory Transversal Vulnerability
Risk:                High
Exploitation:   remote with browser
Date:               24 Jan 2004
Author:            Rafel Ivgi, The-Insider


1) Introduction
2) Bug
3) The Code


1) Introduction

BWS is an old web server used as a webserver for "Corel Paradox relational
database web interface".
This server was version was built in year 98, and is mostly running on


2) Bug

The webserver uses a protection to avoid the directory traversal bug.
"//"  is replaced to  ""
"\." and "\.."  is replaced to  ""
"\"  is replaced to  "/"
"\\"  is replaced to  "//"
The server is also protected from classic Directory Transversal "/../".

The problem happens when the attacker uses the pattern:
"/%5c%2e%2e%5c%2e%2e%5c%2e%2e%5c%2e%2e%5c"   (Encoded version of

Which allows him to see and download any file in the remote system knowing
the path.
This allows any attacker to : Read and download any local file, and in most
cases retrieve the machine's password files and invade it (using
ssh,ftp,http,netbios,samba etc...).


3) The Code



Rafel Ivgi, The-Insider

"Things that are unlikeable, are NOT impossible."


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