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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 11386] New: - UserDir maps to root directory for nonexistant users
Date Thu, 01 Aug 2002 22:02:02 GMT
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UserDir maps to root directory for nonexistant users

           Summary: UserDir maps to root directory for nonexistant users
           Product: Apache httpd-2.0
           Version: 2.0.39
          Platform: Sun
        OS/Version: Solaris
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Normal
          Priority: Other
         Component: mod_userdir
        AssignedTo: bugs@httpd.apache.org
        ReportedBy: lovan@lifesci.ucsb.edu


- Assume UserDir is enabled and configured to point into users' "public_html" 
directories.

- Browser requests URL "http://server.domain.com/~user" where user does not 
exist on the system.  Rather than returning an error, the server attempts to 
provide an index for the system's root directory.  Worse, if the URL is:
    http://server.domain.com/~user/etc/passwd
then the server attempts to deliver that page.

> [Thu Aug 01 14:47:07 2002] [error] [client xxx.xxx.xx.xx] client denied by
> server configuration: /
> [Thu Aug 01 14:55:54 2002] [error] [client xxx.xxx.xx.xx] client denied by
> server configuration: /etc/passwd

I don't think this is a security issue since properly configuring the Directory 
settings will prevent the server distributing the files.  However, this doesn't 
seem to be the proper behaviour.  I have not verified this behaviour on systems 
other than Solaris 2.7.

-Shea

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