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


Severity High
Score 9.8/10


The 'IMAGES_JSON' and 'attachments_to_remove[]' parameters of the '/adminui/advisory.php' script in the Quest KACE System Management Virtual Appliance 8.0.318 can be abused to write and delete files respectively via Directory Traversal. Files can be at any location where the 'www' user has write permissions.

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  • HIGH
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  • HIGH
  • HIGH

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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