KW Whois CGI allows remote command execution

kw-whois-meta (5438) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

KW (Kootenay Web) Whois fails to strip shell metacharacters from data passed by remote clients to the 'whois' parameter. A remote attacker can submit a specially-crafted request to the CGI script to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the CGI script.


Consequences:

Gain Access

Remedy:

Upgrade to the latest version of KW Whois (1.1 or later), available from the KW Whois site. See References.

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • Kootenay Web KW Whois 1.0

Reported:

Oct 29, 2000

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