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lighttpd: Multiple vulnerabilities


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200804-08 / lighttpd
Release Date April 10, 2008
Latest Revision April 10, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
www-servers/lighttpd < 1.4.19-r2 >= 1.4.19-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #212930, #214892


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

2.  Impact Information


lighttpd is a lightweight high-performance web server.


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).


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.

3.  Resolution Information


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


All lighttpd users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

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

4.  References


Page updated April 10, 2008

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