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Improper Limitation of a Pathname to a Restricted Directory ('Path Traversal')


Severity Medium
Score 6.4/10


Multiple directory traversal vulnerabilities in MODx Content Management System allow remote attackers to (1) include and execute arbitrary local files via a .. (dot dot) in the as_language parameter to assets/snippets/AjaxSearch/AjaxSearch.php, reached through index-ajax.php; and (2) read arbitrary local files via a .. (dot dot) in the file parameter to assets/js/htcmime.php.

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CWE-22 - Path Traversal

Path traversal (or directory traversal), is a vulnerability that allows malicious users to traverse the server's root directory, gaining access to arbitrary files and folders such as application code & data, back-end credentials, and sensitive operating system files. In the worst-case scenario, an attacker could potentially execute arbitrary files on the server, resulting in a denial of service attack. Such an exploit may severely impact the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of an application.


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