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


Severity Medium
Score 4.8/10


An issue was discovered on Samsung mobile devices with KK(4.4) and later software through 2015-06-16. In some cases, HTTP is used for an Inputmethod, rather than HTTPS. A man-in-the-middle attacker can modify the client-server data stream to insert directory traversal sequences into an extracted file path. The Samsung ID is SVE-2015-4363 (November 2015).

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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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