webMathematica "dot dot" directory traversal

webmathematica-dot-directory-traversal (9373) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk


webMathematica could allow a remote attacker to traverse directories on the Web server. A remote attacker can send a specially-crafted URL containing "dot dot" sequences (../) to traverse directories and view any file on the system.


Obtain Information


This vulnerability has been fixed in the current version of webMathematica. Contact Wolfram Research for the updated version.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Mon Jun 17 2002 - 11:22:09 CDT: Directory Traversal in Wolfram Research's webMathematica.
  • Wolfram Research: webMathematica.
  • BID-5035: Wolfram Research webMathematica File Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0926: Directory traversal vulnerability in Wolfram Research webMathematica 1.0.0 and allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via a .. (dot dot) in the MSPStoreID parameter.
  • OSVDB ID: 9055: webMathematica MSPStoreID Parameter Traversal Arbitrary File Access
  • US-CERT VU#664323: webMathematica discloses the contents of arbitrary files when file is requested using the absolute path

Platforms Affected:

  • Apple Macintosh
  • Wolfram Research webMathematica 4.0 Amateur
  • Wolfram Research webMathematica 4.0 Professional


Jun 17, 2002

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