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


Severity Medium
Score 5.1/10


Multiple directory traversal vulnerabilities in forum.php in Unclassified NewsBoard (UNB) 1.6.4, when register_globals is enabled and magic_quotes_gpc is disabled, allow remote attackers to (1) read arbitrary recently-modified files via a .. (dot dot) in the GLOBALS[filename] parameter or (2) include and execute arbitrary local files via a .. (dot dot) in the GLOBALS[UTE][__tplCollection][a][file] parameter.

  • HIGH
  • NONE

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.


Advisory Timeline

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