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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2005.0177 -- Mambo Arbitrary File Inclusion Vulnerability
22 February 2005
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Mambo 4.5.2 and prior
Operating System: UNIX variants
Mac OS X
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
An input validation error in Mambo's Tar.php allows a remote attacker
to control the GLOBALS['mosConfig_absolute_path'] parameter.
This then allows an attacker to include and execute arbitrary PHP code
sourced from a remote site.
A patch from Mambo 4.5.2 to 188.8.131.52 has now been released fixing this
vulnerability. The patch is available at:
Note that the vulnerability is not exploitable if PHP is configured
with register_globals = off.
 Secunia Advisory SA14337
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