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


Severity High
Score 7.5/10


Sanic is an opensource python web server/framework. Affected versions of sanic allow access to lateral directories when using `app.static` if using encoded `%2F` URLs. Parent directory traversal is not impacted. Users are advised to upgrade. There is no known workaround for this issue. This issue affects sanic prior to 20.12.7, 21.x prior to 21.12.2, 22.x prior to 22.6.1.

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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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