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Improper Authentication


Severity Medium
Score 5/10


HTTP File Server (HFS) before 2.2c tags HTTP request log entries with the username sent during HTTP Basic Authentication, regardless of whether authentication succeeded, which might make it more difficult for an administrator to determine who made a remote request.

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CWE-287 - Improper Authentication

Improper (or broken) authentication attacks are widespread, and have accounted for many of the worst data breaches in recent years. Improper authentication attacks are a class of vulnerabilities where an attacker impersonates a legitimate user by exploiting weaknesses in either session management or credential management to gain access to the user’s account. This can result in disclosure of sensitive information, and can lead to system compromise, theft, identity theft, and fraud.


Advisory Timeline

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