IIS 5.0 cross site scripting vulnerability - using .htw

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Georgi Guninski security advisory #26, 2000

IIS 5.0 cross site scripting vulnerability - using .htw

Systems affected:
IIS 5.0/Windows 2000. Exploited with browser (IE,NC) but the problem is in the web server.

Risk: Medium
Date: 28 October 2000

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Using specially designed URLs, IIS 5.0 may return user specified content to the browser.
This poses great security risk, especially if the browser is JavaScript enabled and the problem is greater in IE.
By clicking on links, just visiting hostile web pages or opening HTML email the target IIS sever may return user defined malicous active content.
This is a bug in IIS 5.0, but it affects end users and is exploited with a browser.
A typical exploit scenario is stealing cookies which may contain sensitive information.

The following URL:
executes in the browser javascript provided by "iis5server" but defined by a (malicous) user.
The URL may be used in a link or a script.
If /default.htm does not exist another document must be specified.

Remove the .htw extension from application mappings.

Vendor status:
Microsoft was notified on 24 October.



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