UNIX Manual PHP script allows remote command execution

unixmanual-php-command-execution (7719) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


'UNIX Manual' could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary commands on the server, caused by improper filtering of shell metacharacters. An attacker could use this vulnerability to execute any Unix command with privileges of the HTTP Daemon.


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No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • SecuriTeam Mailing List, UNIX focus 18 Dec 2001: "UNIX Manual" PHP-Script Allows Arbitrary Code Execution.
  • BID-3718: Marcus Xenakis manual.php Arbitrary Shell Command Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2001-1214: manual.php in Marcus S. Xenakis Unix Manual 1.0 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a URL that contains shell metacharacters.
  • OSVDB ID: 3409: Marcus Xenakis manual.php Execute Arbitrary Commands
  • US-CERT VU#672419: Unix Manual PHP-Script does not adequately validate user input thereby allowing arbitrary command execution

Platforms Affected:

  • Marcus S. Xenakis Unix Manual


Dec 18, 2001

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