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


Severity Medium
Score 4/10


Directory traversal vulnerability in index.php in Simple Machines Forum (SMF) 1.0 before 1.0.15 and 1.1 before 1.1.7 allows remote authenticated administrators to install packages from arbitrary directories via a .. (dot dot) in the package parameter during an install2 action, as demonstrated by a predictable package filename in attachments/ that was uploaded through a post2 action to index.php.

  • LOW
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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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