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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2000.019 -- Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-006)
Patch Available for "Malformed Hit-Highlighting Argument" Vulnerability
28 January 2000
Microsoft Corporation has released the following security bulletin
concerning two vulnerabilities in Microsoft Index Server 2.0 and the
Indexing Service in Windows 2000 respectively.
A specifically malformed argument provided to the Hit-Highlighting feature
of Index Server may allow a remote user to retrieve files from a web server
by specifying their full, physical directory path, provided that the files
requested are on the same logical drive as the web server.
This vulnerability may allow a malicious remote user to view files outside
the virtual directory structure of the web server on the system where the
affected software is running.
Additionally, a problem exists where a remote user may receive full,
physical directory path information in an error message from a web server
if they request a non-existent Data Query file.
This vulnerability may allow a remote user to map the file structure of
the web server where the affected software is running. This could offer
a malicious user valuable reconnaissance information as a prelude to
attacking the server:
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If you have any questions or need further information, please contact
Microsoft Corporation directly.
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