WebSite 1.1 for Windows NT winsample buffer overflow

http-website-winsample (295) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


The win-c-sample.exe program, installed by default in the cgi-shl directory of O'Reilly WebSite with the privileges of the user owning the server process.


Gain Access


Remove the Win-C-Sample.exe script from the cgi-shl or cgi-bin directory. There is no legitimate use for this script, and it has been removed from O'Reilly WebSite 2.0.


  • O'Reilly Software Web site: O'Reilly Software: WebSite.
  • BID-2078: OReilly WebSite 1.x/2.0 win-c-sample.exe Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • CVE-1999-0178: Buffer overflow in the win-c-sample program (win-c-sample.exe) in the WebSite web server 1.1e allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long query string.
  • OSVDB ID: 8: O'Reilly WebSite win-c-sample Remote Overflow

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple Mac OS
  • Cisco IOS
  • Compaq Tru64
  • Data General DG/UX
  • HP HP-UX
  • IBM OS2
  • Linux Kernel
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows 98SE
  • Microsoft Windows Me
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Novell NetWare
  • O'Reilly Software O'Reilly Website 2.0 and prior
  • SCO SCO Unix
  • Sun Solaris
  • Various vendors Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
  • Wind River BSDOS


Jan 06, 1997

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